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Zeiss IKON

aNY REVIEWS ON THE body or the lenses, aside from Camera Quest?THX

by Jason Geller at 2006-05-02 14:17:44 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Greenpoint , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

played with a pre-production camera, wasn’t impressed. nice bright viewfinder + long baselength rangefinder, but with film-rewind on bottom there’s no possibility for motor-drive or rapidwinder, and shutter is louder than Leica M. for the money get a used Leica M6 classic or M4-P or M4-2, or, for less, get a Cosina/Voigtlander Bessa R2 series.
lenses i’m sure are fine to great optically but build quality is more light Voigtlander rather than Leica. lens preference is very personal so you should test before buying.

by [former member] | 02 May 2006 16:05 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
I thought about that, ergonomically a bottom rewind doesn’t make sense. I would still like to purchase a film 35mm rangefinder, something quiet and small, the voigtlander lenses look very atractive price and speed wise. I just don’t have the cash for a Leica and the Bessa R2a is louder than my Mamiya 7

by Jason Geller | 02 May 2006 22:05 | Greenpoint, United States | | Report spam→
You can find really cheap leica m6 on german ebay, body in excellent conditition is now about 850 euros. Before I bought my leica I was shooting quite a bit with Voigtlaender- the difference in operating between this two cameras is huge, so I think it’s better to wait and save, than spend money on a little bit more then toy camera.

by Bartek Wrzesniowski | 03 May 2006 04:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→
You can find really cheap leica m6 on german ebay, body in excellent conditition is now about 850 euros. Before I bought my leica I was shooting quite a bit with Voigtlaender- the difference in operating between this two cameras is huge, so I think it’s better to wait and save, than spend money on a little bit more then toy camera.

by Bartek Wrzesniowski | 03 May 2006 04:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→
Jason

The zeiss Ikon lenses are great – 1/3 stop aperture increments and really smooth focus. Havent tried the body but it reads well even if it isnt the prettiest. By no small coincidence I am selling my M4P and 35mm Zeiss ikon ….. Just got a new D200 – and the collection has to slim down. I can send scan from 35mm lens if you are interested … I am back at base on the 19th.

Rich

by Richard Crawford | 12 May 2006 10:05 | Glasgow, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Jason

The zeiss Ikon lenses are great – 1/3 stop aperture increments and really smooth focus. Havent tried the body but it reads well even if it isnt the prettiest. By no small coincidence I am selling my M4P and 35mm Zeiss ikon ….. Just got a new D200 – and the collection has to slim down. I can send scan from 35mm lens if you are interested … I am back at base on the 19th.

Rich

by Richard Crawford | 12 May 2006 10:05 | Glasgow, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Jason
There’s been a fair amount of debate about this on the RRF forum ( http://www.rangefinderforum.com/) as there are plenty of Zeiss fans there – i thought about it but in the end i went for the Leica MP which i think will last a lot longer but then it cost me a lot more money. If you want a fast shutter speed the Hexar RF’s are also popular. I think it really depends what you want from your camera system and how you plan to use it and spend the money accordingly. The M4. M4-P’s & M6 classics are always lurking in the used markets. I picked up a mint M4 a few months ago and it works like a dream. But i’m happy with a mechanical camera and 1000/th shutter speed. Not everyone’s cup of tea.

by Simon Larbalestier | 12 May 2006 14:05 | Bangkok, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Me too Simon. And though I ended up selling it, I had an M4P that I just loved and used more than my M6. I kept the latter simply because with the built in meter I figured I should stick with that, but the M4P was a ruggedly built and loyal friend. who needs more than a thousandth shutter speed for what we do? The Hexars are very nice too, and I wouldnt mind owning one.

by Jon Anderson | 12 May 2006 23:05 | Santiago y San Francisco, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
My experience with the new Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50/2 ZM is that it is as good as the Leica Summicron 50/2 but for a much nicer price. I use it now almost exclusively on my Epson R-D1.

If you’re interested, I have a Leica M2 for sale.

by Remy Lang | 24 May 2006 16:05 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
My experience with the new Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50/2 ZM is that it is as good as the Leica Summicron 50/2 but for a much nicer price. I use it now almost exclusively on my Epson R-D1.

If you’re interested, I have a Leica M2 for sale.

by Remy Lang | 24 May 2006 16:05 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→

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Jason Geller, Photographer Jason Geller
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Greenpoint , United States
Bartek Wrzesniowski, Photojournalist Bartek Wrzesniowski
Photojournalist
Dusseldorf , Germany
Richard Crawford, Corporate, TV and Consult Richard Crawford
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Simon Larbalestier, Photographer Simon Larbalestier
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Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
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Remy Lang, Para legal Remy Lang
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