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    Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    Hi,

    I'm looking at maybe adding a friend to my old m4-2 and I came across this zeiss ikon which looks really nice and also comes at a reasonable price for my wallet...
    I could of course also get another m4-2 but I'm quite attracted by the inhouse metering.

    However, I don't know much about it and would really be grateful if anybody had some real experience with this cam.

    Big thanks!!

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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    what sort of info are you looking for?

    i have shot with a zi for a few years and loved it.
    comfortable in my hands, viewfinder that is like a bay window. and great lenses too.
    it has a wide ebl so easy to focus longer lenses. the shutter is actually quiet but many complain about it's 'loudness', in reality, the shutter sound is metallic (shutter is metal) while a leica has a cloth shutter and sounds quieter. i measured an m3 against the zi with a spl meter and the db level was the same for both cameras.
    i still have mine but rarely use it as i have a couple of rd1's that i prefer.

    joe

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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    It feels a bit tinnier than a Leica, but it has a superb viewfinder, and having AE is very nice. It needs a battery to operate (the M7 does too, but it will do 1/60th and 1/125th without batteries). Lots of people like the way the shutter speeds are displayed in the VF, but I like the M7's solution better. Anyway, I think if you want an M mount camera with AE and don't feel like paying for an M7, I think the Ikon is a superb choice. Of course, reasonable people prefer the Ikon to the M7 too...it is just personal preference.
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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    It made Mike Johnson's top ten recommended cameras of 2008

    Nice review of it.

    "The market wants a Leica to be a Leica: the inheritor of tradition, the subject of lore, and indisputably a mark of status to own."
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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    and you can dress them up too!


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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    Thanks a lot to all of you.

    The information you all provided iro shuttersound and viewfinder was exactly what I was looking for. I know it needs batteries but in view of the size of the batteries I can easily have a few lying around in my pocket.


    Joe: cool blue!!

    Well, I think I'm going to start to hunt for a 2nd hand ZI body:-)

    Cheers
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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    Nice blue Joe! That's actually just like my M7.



    Well...black and white does not help...


    William -- I think you will really like the Ikon. It is a really great solution and the viewfinder is great, particularly if you like shooting 28mm lenses.
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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    Stuart,

    I only have a 35mm and a 50mm lens and I think it will remain like that. I already have trouble choosing between those 2:-)
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    Re: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera

    the blue zi is open to offers.
    i also have the zeiss grip.

    joe

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