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Old 11-13-2011   #281
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I have a SE version but will be putting it up for sale this week. Its a fabulous camera but I just do not shoot much film now. I wish Zeiss would introduce a FF digital version.
What's a SE version?
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Old 11-22-2011   #282
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I just bought a black ZI with a Biogon ZM 2.8/28mm

Can't wait to take it for a road test!
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Old 01-07-2012   #283
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I just got my silver ZI with the 50 1.5 sonnar. I'm loving it. My first step into rangefinders. I wish I hadn't waited so long.
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Old 01-08-2012   #284
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I have a ZI and only Zeiss glass (21/2.8, 28/2.8, 35/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/2.0).

I don't understand all the Leica hype here.
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What's a SE version?
"Special Edition"
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"Special Edition"
Well, I'm still confused. I thought that the "ZI" referred to the camera body (i.e. Zeiss Ikon) and the "ZM" referred to the lenses, but I see cameras being described in advertisements as ZM and others as ZI.

Is there a difference between ZI and ZM as far as camera bodies go, or is my understanding correct and the letters are being used indiscriminately by some people?
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You're right. "ZI" refers to the camera, "ZM" refers to the mount type and/or to the lenses, and a lot of people use the terms indiscriminately.
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Old 01-08-2012   #288
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i have ZI limited edition 0520. only body for shooting film with elmarit 28 ASPH, summilux 50 ASPH, elmarit 90 f2.8 latest version.
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Old 03-06-2012   #289
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I bought a new zeiss ikon (black) a couple of weeks back. I love it. I sleep with it. It is awesome.


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Old 04-12-2012   #290
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I just bought the Zeiss Ikon yesterday, and just bought the 35/2.8 Biogon (I was going to buy the 35/2 but as I shoot mostly at f5.6-11 so thought I would save the money for now) and looking forward to taking it for a spin tomorrow.
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Old 04-22-2012   #291
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I have a black ZI with the ZM 21 mm F2.8. I also have three Summicrons: 35, 50, and 90.
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Old 04-29-2012   #292
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Just got my Zeiss Ikon with Biogon 2/35mm ZM. Looking forward to the adventure.
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Old 09-20-2012   #293
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Just bought and received a mint condtion Zeiss Ikon black camera body from Nanthor on the RFF classifieds. As an eyeglass wearer, it is so nice to work with this camera's bright viewfinder with easy to see lines, and an eyepiece that will not scratch my glasses! With my Voigtlander 35/1.4 attached, it was a joy to use. Light and comfortable, and I really appreciate the AE lock feature.
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Old 09-21-2012   #294
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Me too.... Finally !!!! Ikon + 35/2 on their way home.....
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I have a very nice black ZI that I enjoy very much. Right now I have been using my Nikkor 35mm f2.5 LTM lens with an adaptor. So far I am very happy with this camera.
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Hello to all the RFF zi lovers!
I recently purchased a silver ZI ZM LE ;-)
I can't wait for a lens to start exploring my visual world... again!
I hope this will not be very late...

The rangefinder feels stunning!!!
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Old 12-05-2012   #297
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Congrats, the ZI is a killer camera, for me it's just the perfect blend of classic and modern.
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Thank you!
I wish it will be a thrilling experience as the switch from my analogue slr word to the ZI wold is super expensive for my budget...
...but it looks as a design beauty...
I am thinking of replacing the leatherette with something more personal, but this is not part of the discussion at the moment.
Firstly I have to buy a lens... and I am flirting with the C-Biogon...
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I used the Nokton 35mm f/1.4 on my ZI, lots cheaper than a Biogon, although the Biogon is generally considered to be the sharper lens I think.
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I used the Nokton 35mm f/1.4 on my ZI, lots cheaper than a Biogon, although the Biogon is generally considered to be the sharper lens I think.
do you suggest the CV Nocton 35/f1.4 instead of the C-Biogon? The C-Biogon seems to be 150€ more expensive... and slower... but people insist that it has very "contemporary" outcome...
I hope I am not that seduced by the Zeiss brand name...

Do you think that the extra 150€ is worthy for the C-biogon???
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do you suggest the CV Nocton 35/f1.4 instead of the C-Biogon? The C-Biogon seems to be 150€ more expensive... and slower... but people insist that it has very "contemporary" outcome...
I hope I am not that seduced by the Zeiss brand name...

Do you think that the extra 150€ is worthy for the C-biogon???
In all honesty, I can be seduced by the Zeiss name. 150 Euros more is pretty good, so long as you're OK with the slower lens. If you like shallow depth of field, or like to shoot a lot at night/indoors, it's worth considering the faster lens.

Personally, f/2.8 is fine for me, but it may not be for you.

The Nokton is a small lens, and I think it's great, but the Zeiss lens will also be outstanding. If you can't decide on facts/figures which one you want, just go with your gut instinct.
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Thank you Gman!
I lean towards teh C-Biogon...
I am going to break my porkypiggybank...
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I got my silver ZI a week ago and i am very glad with it! A few years ago i had several Ms incl. M8. They are something special indeed. But ZI ist also something special. Better in important details. Using just makes fun!
I will go further an get a ZM Planar 50 and a ZM Biogon 2/35 in addition to my Elmar 90 and Jupiter-3.

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time to change the title of this thread to "who owns a recently discontinued zeiss ikon here?"...
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Yes, slowly but surely new RFs are getting on the red list for endangered species ...

Does anybody know how many have been produced?

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Old 02-26-2013   #306
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I just bought a silver one - Bellamy Hunt's (Japan Camera Hunter). I live in Hong Kong and didn't even get to see one before buying this one. Why? The import agent told me that they thought the new price had gone up too high, so they would only sell me a new one if I pre-ordered it, and they had no display/shop copies! But when it arrived last week I was really thrilled by that big bright viewfinder! 21stC M3!
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I just bought a silver one - Bellamy Hunt's (Japan Camera Hunter). I live in Hong Kong and didn't even get to see one before buying this one. Why? The import agent told me that they thought the new price had gone up too high, so they would only sell me a new one if I pre-ordered it, and they had no display/shop copies! But when it arrived last week I was really thrilled by that big bright viewfinder! 21stC M3!
I scoured HK for one on a trip about the time you wrote this. Came up empty handed. Finally landed one here in Tokyo, for a good price.
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I scoured HK for one on a trip about the time you wrote this. Came up empty handed. Finally landed one here in Tokyo, for a good price.
Hong Kong can be very good for sourcing camera gear - especially Leica collectibles. But for super clean stuff to use, Japan seems to be the first port of call.

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Finally found a lightly used one!
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Finally found a lightly used one!

Just got a lightly used black one with the 35/2. Can't wait to begin using it.
Thinking about a case but they appear to be very hard to ind at this point. Any one know where to get one?
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Have one too, got it early this year. Not convinced that it's much better than the R2A I used to have, but it looks a little prettier because it's chrome and the R2A was black. But the whole good, better, best ranking with Bessa, Zeiss, and Leica is a bit bogus in my experience. Bessa Rx A and RxM and ZM are pretty equal in terms of quality.
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Bessa Rx A and RxM and ZM are pretty equal in terms of quality.
I would agree if it wasn't for two things:
1. The rangefinder base length. More focus accuracy never hurts.
2. My Bessa R4A sometimes advances the film a bit irregularly. Not to the point of overlapping frames, but the divider between frames all but disappears sometimes. The advance of the Zeiss Ikon is perfectly uniform.
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Finally coupled!!!
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Finally coupled!!!


My ZI coupled with the Biogon 35 by vp_varchs, on Flickr

Such a precise instrument!!!
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I recently bought a Zeiss Ikon (bought from a kind chap on this forum). I am beyond pleased and excited.

Sadly I don't have a worthy lens ... so I am saving up.

Previous rangefinder was a Leica M4-P with a 40mm summicron-c (the lens was about the same price as a Jupiter Soviet job - but I am extremely pleased with it). I can mount the Leitz lens on it but I am waiting to buy a 28mm Zeiss (or at a stretch another, cheaper brand).
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[QUOTE a 40mm summicron-c (the lens was about the same price as a Jupiter Soviet job - but I am extremely pleased with it). [/quote]

WOW! you either got a stupendous bargain on the Summicron-C, or have been shopping in the wrong places for Jupiters.

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I think I must have got a great bargain - the Jupiters were less, I remember but not that much less. Amazing really - I usually mess up badly!


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[QUOTE a 40mm summicron-c (the lens was about the same price as a Jupiter Soviet job - but I am extremely pleased with it).
WOW! you either got a stupendous bargain on the Summicron-C, or have been shopping in the wrong places for Jupiters.

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If you know your local store still have a new one, please pm me. I'm thrilled for this camera for a long time
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