OK, Classic Camera geeks. While they're squabbling over 20th century politics on the adjacent Zeiss thread, I have a question I've been meaning to ask for a while. First, a preamble: when I was a small kid in the late 1950s/early 1960s, "made in Japan" was, of course, synonymous with 'crap'. So the question is: if it was really crap, why are those Eisenhower-era Mamiya Cs, Canon Ps, and Nikon Ss still chuggin' along? Could it be that Japanese post-war precision technology was really pretty damn good, but that we said it was crap to protect our home industries? Or was there really a lot of Japanese-made crap out there, and a tiny amount of excellent stuff that survived 50 years to become classics? Opinions please.