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Old 02-22-2006   #1
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ZEISS IKON BLOG by ZeissFan

I have asked our esteemed moderator to put a sticky on this post so that it will automatically show up at the top of the list on the Zeiss Ikon forum. While many of us may know of Mike Elek's Zeiss Ikon blog, our membership is growing all the time. So, for new members - & any oldtimers who aren't aware of it - here is the url for Mike's blog in which he record his continuing journey with the Zeiss Ikon:

http://elekm.net/zeiss_ikon

Let me add a "thank you" to Mike for providing this service. "Thank you's" are the only benefit he receives from doing this.

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I spent about 20 minutes sampling Mike's blog just now. Whether you have the hope or plan of owning this camera or, like me, can only dream about it, see what
he has done here. This is exemplary work, and I must thank Mike for creating it
and HuckFinn for bringing it to my attention.

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Old 02-23-2006   #3
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Mike's ZI blog is the best camera blog I have come across. High lighting its presence is a good thing.
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I have written a fairly lengthy technical piece to summarize & save the research about the ZI that I have posted from time to time. Mike Elek has graciously agreed to post this on his blog website so that it can have a home. I have called the article "Inside the Zeiss Ikon" & it can be accessed under "Other Comments" on the home page or in "Other Views" on the ZI Blog page. I expect that Mike would welcome contributions from others. The url is http://elekm.net/zeiss_ikon.

Thanks to Mazurka for encouraging me to do this.

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Old 03-04-2006   #5
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Absolutely. If anyone wants to send me comments on the camera, please contact me.
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I'll be perfectly Honest Here......I haven't seen that many photos on that blog that are superb....Shot after shot of Mundane stuff. Start shooting some photos that are Class A. After all....you have a Class A Camera.....Let's see some "great" shots now. Enough with the Mundane.....Anyone else agree?
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What the f#ck kind of comment is that to make?!?
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I'll be perfectly Honest Here......I haven't seen that many photos on that blog that are superb....Shot after shot of Mundane stuff. Start shooting some photos that are Class A. After all....you have a Class A Camera.....Let's see some "great" shots now. Enough with the Mundane.....Anyone else agree?
No need to own a Zeiss Ikon to take great photos... and conversely.

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What the f#ck kind of comment is that to make?!?

I'm Expressing my honest opinion.....Go take a look at those shots. They are DOF Studies....Sharpness Studies...etc; et al. I'm merrely suggesting some different shots....

Don't get bent out of shape. Why don't you kick back; Light up a Cohiba...sip a whisky and just Chilllll.
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Old 03-04-2006   #11
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hey whatever man. that's why i'm not world-reknown. i never lay claim to being an art photographer -- just shooting what i like

not your cup of tea? that's cool. never met you - never will, so no big deal
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Old 03-04-2006   #12
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Mike, your blog makes me want a ZI, too. And Hucks contribution seems to be what people missed in Erwin Puts review of the ZI.
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Grapenuts: I think the point of the blog at this point is that Mike's getting used to the cameras and lenses as gear. And the camera was away for 5 weeks for an adjustment of the rangefinder.

Add to that, Mike has a full-time job as a photo editor, so it's not like the blog is his main activity. He even mentioned recently that his schedule changed, so he has a lot less time during good light to get out and make pictures; it's winter where he lives, ya know.

Some of us are just glad he's thoughtful and meticulous in his review of the camera, and appreciate it.

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I love the Blog Too....I visit it usually once a week.......And I even have it on my favorites...It's a great site.
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Never feed the you-know-what!

You should know by now what they look like. Don't bite, guys! I know you can do it!

Many thanks to Huck who has obviously devoted much time and effort over my humble suggestion! I haven't the chance to read your monograph but I'm sure it will complement ZeissFan's blog (itself also good work) very well.

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Old 03-04-2006   #16
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Actually, I work as one of several editors for a Web site (www.post-gazette.com). During the day, I generally process photos that go up on the site, rebuild the home page and do a lot of advance work, plus edit work of others.

I create head shots for the head shot library that I created for us and pull down and process wire photos that will run on the weekend.

I probably read and write more in a day than most people do in a month.

I redesigned the home page over the summer: five weeks, no staff, no budget -- just me. I designed our Super Bowl promotions for the home page and Steelers page in one day. I designed the PM Business report in one hour. Little tricks I learn at work are put onto my site. And things I create for my site often are used at work.

I write Word VB macros to streamline my own work. I also use Word's Autotext function extensively. I have Word macros that create HTML tables. I've done countdown timers, <IFRAME> slideshows and a small amount of Javascript work.

I can work circles around most people on this planet, and I know it.

Photography is a hobby and a way to relax. I generally take most of my photos these days on my four-block walk into work from the bus or a 15-20 minute out of office break that I take each day. Not much time for creativity, but it's a nice break and it's my time.

My original plan was to be a news photographer, but I lacked the confidence (and apparently the talent) to do it way back when. So I'm on the news side. But that's fine. I've worked at nine newspapers in three states and three countries. In my life, I've lived in 23 different places (a different place every two years) and have visited 13 countries -- give or take a couple. I've lived a pretty damn good life so far. Didn't make it to Egypt, India aor Thailand, which I really wanted to do. But I still have time.

So one person's comments don't really mean that much in the grand scheme of life. It's a lot like the guy who cuts you off in traffic. You get pissed for a moment, but you won't remember him in 10 minutes, because in your entire life, it was two seconds. There are more important things.
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This may be a weird viewpoint, but I'd prefer to read others' experiences and information right here in RFF. I don't really have the time or inclination to read someone's weblog or diary. An informative website is different from a blog, in my view. There are a lot of great reference websites out there, and always room for a few more on interesting topics like the new Z-I.
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i wish i could maintain that kind of perspective mike.
i try and am succesfull part of the time but i get impacted too easily sometimes and then react without enough thought instead of respond with more thought.

i have a bit more hope for success after reading how you deal with it.

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Mike Elek....You're a good Man....I'm just trying to say that you should try some other shots.....with your Class A Camera. Make Carl Zeiss Proud.....You've got the talent
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you can have a little space on your web site; Call it "Grapenuts" This will be where some of your favorite shots will be located. Your favorite shot out of every roll perhaps.
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Mike: I honour your work, your effort and your accomplishments. The use of Mickeysoft is a bit disturbing, though ...

Grape: Class reply, I agree Mike is capable of producing some great shots with what appears to be a classic in hte making ... it's just a timing thing.

OT: Visited the Atget exhibit at Eastman house today, albumen prints. Not only were those prints (along with more contemporary silver geltain prints by Chris Rauschenberg) wonderful, but when you walk into the exhibit hall there is period Parisian music playing. Wow, it just transported me. I had a pretty stressful morning prior to getting to GEH, so the exhibit respite was just wonderful.

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Old 03-21-2006   #22
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Mike & Huck,

First off, many thanks to Mike and Huck for their comments on the ZI. After months of sitting on the fence, I ordered a ZI and 28mm from popflash.photo last week. First impressions are nothing but great. I don't want to echo what everybody else has written but the camera seems made for someone who wears glasses and likes to shoot with a 28. Easy to focus and easy to frame a shot. The designers took great pains to build a camera that is simply a joy to use. Took it to Oaklawn Park, a thoroughbred race track in Hot Springs, Arkansas, over the weekend and shot a roll of people shots on Fuji 800 film. Can't wait to process the film!

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If you think you like it now, Charlie, you'll like it even more as time goes on. I spent the weekend with friends of mine in Vermont. She is a professioanl photographer & immediately wanted to look at the ZI when she saw me taking some shots. She immediately put it up to her eye. She couldn't believe how bright the finder is & how easy it is to see with it. By the way she never expressed any interest in things like the color of the camera, perceived build quality, etc. She just wanted to know how good it is at taking pictures. Enjoy!

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Smile Hey, Grapenuts!

xxxGrapenutsxxx, Just try taking some stunning pictures in beautiful Downtown Pittsburgh in the dead of Winter and let us know how you make out. I think Mike Elek has done some remarkable work, considering the working environment! Bill
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Old 10-27-2006   #25
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for introducing me to the difference b/w Zeiss and Leica cameras (i'm newbie to rangefinder and my first one is the mini-mighty Olympus XA

I like the Kodak Gold 200 set, but the bokeh on the Basketball Hoop shot is kinda 'pattern'-ish, i was surprise looking at it, I thought 'wow... if that's what that expensive camera produces...' but then I look at the Rusty Fence shot, and I like that one a lot.

So good job, one thing that street photography has taught me is to look for good things even in the most ordinary scenes captured on film.
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Brand new Stereo ZEISS IKON
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Brand new Stereo ZEISS IKON

At www.aphog.de you can read my report about the brand new ZEISS IKON Stereo-Camera. Unfortunately, it's in German language only.

It's a nice solid piece of camera built in co-operation with ZEISS and RBT-Raumbildtechnik in Esslingen/Germany.

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Hi Wolf,

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At www.aphog.de you can read my report about the brand new ZEISS IKON Stereo-Camera.
Here's a direct link to the article. Nice piece of equipment, made from a regular Zeiss Ikon and a rangefinderless Zeiss Ikon SW body, with distance and aperture rings are linked through a system of levers, so that both lenses use identical settings.

Of course, they wasted the opportunity of creating a camera with a really huge rangefinder base

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i was wondering for a long time - where is zeiss fan. why site is not updated so long. it was one of my favorite sites on the net. i really loved that blog with nice photos.
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I came across the blog on 17-01-08.
On 18-01-08 I bought a ZI
To say the truth I was looking for a M6 but the problem is that I can hardly find it new or close to new here in Russia.

Thanks for the blog and for reference! I'm enjoing ZI now
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I am a working news photographer, and a newbie RF'er. I just bought a Zeiss Contax lla in great shape and have a ZI in my sights down the line. I know what Mike's day job entails; when you're in the news business it's non-stop.
I stumbled on his blog through google, and his Contax pages took a big chunk out of finding my way around the camera. So, I went on to check out his ZI blog...kudos to him for taking the time to do that for us after a day at the office!
BTW Mike, you could be a news photographer; it's just the same as being a street shooter at the end of the day.
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Thanks for the link and the sticky.
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I am a working news photographer, and a newbie RF'er. I just bought a Zeiss Contax lla in great shape and have a ZI in my sights down the line. I know what Mike's day job entails; when you're in the news business it's non-stop.
I stumbled on his blog through google, and his Contax pages took a big chunk out of finding my way around the camera. So, I went on to check out his ZI blog...kudos to him for taking the time to do that for us after a day at the office!
BTW Mike, you could be a news photographer; it's just the same as being a street shooter at the end of the day.
He is a news photographer.
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Nice job Mike, thanks for your input.
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