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Old 03-17-2007   #41
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it's been a while since we had some current zi porn...and with all the talk about the zm 50/1.5 c i thought i'd put some up.
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where this side grip come from?

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Argh...I managed to miss this thread the first time around but got squarely hit this time. That chrome ZI is one nice looking camera. So much more subtle and stylish than the (in my opinion) gaudy M6. I do need a longer baselength RF to accurately focus my new 90 2.8 Tele-Elmarit I. Hmm... I just wish there was somewhere in Toronto where I could actually handle one and hear the shutter for myself!

Joe - do you find that the half-case helps the shutter noise any?
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Old 03-17-2007   #43
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it's an m grip with a hole drilled in the bottom to allow access to the film release button.
there is a zeiss made grip now too, available from popflash.

half case helps but i only use it on cold days (most of the long winter here).
the shutter is not THAT loud, for street shooting it's a non issue.

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it's an m grip with a hole drilled in the bottom to allow access to the film release button.
there is a zeiss made grip now too, available from popflash.
thanks, it was what i've tought.

You're not from quebec by any chances?
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it's an m grip with a hole drilled
Where does it come from?

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Old 03-26-2007   #46
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sorry missed your reply before.
i'm not from quebec, originally from nyc but live in alberta now.
the grip is from photoequip.com but it's an older model.
ebay and sometimes here they are available sometimes.

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thanks for your answer Joe, i'm currently hesitating to get a ZI body or a Bessa R3, with ZM lenses.
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the zi has the longer baselength and a wonderful finder.
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I came to this thread to try to convince myself to buy it as a backup of my M5. I know you would have made it appear more beautiful than it is. And yet the main issue for me is esthetic. All leicas are beautiful (the Queen is the Michelangiolesque M5) the CLE and the Hexar are gorgeous. This one is to me straight ugly. Especially the chrome version. No personality. No equilibrium and elegance of lines. And most of all way, way too large. If they only had cut 1-2 cm on the left moving the counter in front of the advance lever...Incredible as it is the specs are ok for me (but reliability make me nervous), so the biggest obstacle is that terrible dreadful look. I think The would have been better off with Porsche design, which proved itself in the beautiful RTS III. This one is a disaster.
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well i don't own a ZI body.......yet. I have owned numerous Leica bodies, of which I still own the M2 and 3. As far as another film rangefinder goes, the only other body I could see myself purchasing is the ZI. For quite differently from you, I find it a rather fine, sleek looking, almost manly camera. all my ZM lens are black, so if I get it new, I think I'll get a silver ZI. I think the white on black numbers are easier to read, and the chrome/black looks smashing. for me it is not dreadful or terrible at all, the ZI has a pleasing form. Is it any bigger than a M5?
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the ZI is actually VERY close in size to an M7. I also think it looks very masculine and strong- not as sleek or elegant as a "real" M, but that's what my Hexar is for haha.
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found a great korean page about the zeiss ikon.

http://www.contaxclub.co.kr/bbs/zboa...c=desc&no=1046
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Joe:

Probably someone has already posted this, but what, pray tell, is the lens mount?

If it's Leica M mount fine, but it not, then what? And, if not, what lenses (other than Zeiss Ikon) are available for the Z1?

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It's M mount, Ted. Can use all M lenses and LTM lenses via adapter.

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found a great korean page about the zeiss ikon.

http://www.contaxclub.co.kr/bbs/zboa...c=desc&no=1046

Thanks for the link, but I've NEVER seen a Z1 in actual use here. Kinda weird.
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Now I can put a pic in this thread finally!

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well i don't own a ZI body.......yet. I have owned numerous Leica bodies, of which I still own the M2 and 3. As far as another film rangefinder goes, the only other body I could see myself purchasing is the ZI. For quite differently from you, I find it a rather fine, sleek looking, almost manly camera. all my ZM lens are black, so if I get it new, I think I'll get a silver ZI. I think the white on black numbers are easier to read, and the chrome/black looks smashing. for me it is not dreadful or terrible at all, the ZI has a pleasing form. Is it any bigger than a M5?
Hello Thomas,

I've posted pictures of my ZI (formerly Akiva's) and my M2 side by side. Have look here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=50301

You'll have an idea of the size of the ZI.

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Think it's my turn... In the background is my grandfather's Contax IIIa with which I shot my first pictures. After a couple of years with DSLRs I'm going back to the roots.

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i'm glad to see this thread still going strong, some really nice shots added lately.

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I still don't know if I like how the Ikon looks,
not knocking the camera, I just don't think I like it.
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I wasnt too keen on it at first but i've come to love the camera's looks.


I still lust after a black zi from time to time though.
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hey gang!

I've received my Ikon today! *YAY*

It is freakishly amazing! The VF is out of this world, and I get along pretty fine with all the dials.

Now... Since we've all seen them in every different shapes and sizes, I've decided to whip out my Canon 20D + Sigma 150mm to shoot something different:



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lemos, very nice...

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Good day, good sir! Zeiss Ikon with 35 biogon.



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I like the photos kuningasmikko. Particularly the top one. Nice unique angle of the Zeiss.
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we have over 30 zi owners on rff...where are your adoring pics of your cameras?

c'mon guys!

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damn pretty these cameras, eh?
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damn pretty these cameras, eh?
I wrote somewhere in other post that I love it more than mine M6...
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dSLRs just don't have the same sex appeal...
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Lemos,just curious,how does your Zeiss Ikon ZM, compare to your Yashica GTN.Apart from build quality, how does the metering compare? GSN/GTN`s are renown for their accurate metering,I notice the ZM has the same bottom rewind as my Yashica YL circa 1958. Dead gorgeous camera your ZM, very sexy in black.
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I actually also have a GSN, and have found it to be quite accurate with its' metering. Particularly since my understanding is that the electro calculates the metering on continuous scale, not at discrete intervals like most cameras. The lens on the GSN is actually pretty nice, I think the biggest difference is in the viewfinder. The Yashica definitely leaves something to be desired with the VF. Maybe it's not terrible, but after looking through a ZI.... it's not even a comparison.
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Let me ask about the black finish on the ZM cameras. Is it black chrome like the black M6, which simply dulls with wear, or is it black paint over brass, which, with wear, reveals wonderful shiny brass wear spots!
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it's black paint on a magnesium (sp?) top.
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back alley,

What kind of grip is that on your Zeiss Ikon? I have Zeiss Ikon leather case, will it also fit over the halfcase? Now if someone would make a vertical grip for Zeiss Ikon.
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