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Seller Details
Registered User
Posts: 90
Registered: March 2011
Location: Bucharest, Romania

   ZEISS Ikon ZI Rangefinder Camera with ZEISS Ever Ready Full Case
Quantity Views Date Posted
1 1193 Tue February 5, 2019
Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
€1,100.00 €15.00 Excellent
Description:
Hi everyone,
 
For sale is my beloved ZEISS Ikon ZI rangefinder camera in Leica M mount together with its extremely rare ZEISS Ever Ready full case. They were both bought on September 15, 2011, from the largest retailer of photographic equipment in my home country, F64 Studio (if you want to find more about F64 Studio, feel free to check them out on google maps). Therefore, I am the first (and only) owner and I know every detail.
 
First, the camera. The camera in in stunning condition. It has no scratches, do dings, it's clean and perfectly functional. It has never been dropped or mistreated in any way, but on the contrary, it was always taken extremely good care of (and always with the case). The viewfinder is bright and clear and I can attest that it beats any Leica M rangefinder (although I have to admit that I've never compared it with the M3 viewfinder, because I've never had one in my hands).  When looking in reverse into the viewfinder (from the front on the camera to the back), one can spot maybe two tiny dust specks, but they are NOT VISIBLE when looking normally into the viewfinder. The rangefinder patch is clear and contrasty and it's perfectly aligned, both horizontally and vertically. The rubber surrounding the eyepiece is perfect. In the harshest sun, a very good eye can spot some EXTREMELY FAINT micro-abrasions on the top plate caused by cleaning. Also, the black paint is EVER SO SLIGHTLY glossier in the places that rubbed against my forehead, but again, this is something that a regular person would most likely not notice. Given that I very rarely change lenses, the mount has very little wear. As for the numbers of rolls I shot with it, I would say that maybe 80 rolls per year in during the first five years and less than 20 in the last 3,5 half years. That would put the total number at around 500 rolls (but, most likely, the real figure is smaller). Why am I selling it? Because, ironically enough, not only my camera collection increased, but my time to shoot and wet print  decreased. Therefore, the time has come to say goodbye to this camera, but this was not a decision I've taken lightly. To summarize, I would say that this camera is as close-to-new-condition as possible for a camera that actually did see a little use. And I believe that it would be next to impossible to find another in better condition.
 
The ZEISS Ever Ready leather case is in very good condition, as you can see in the pictures. It's velvety on the inside and it offers a lot of protection to the camera and lens. You can also use it as a half case, as the lens cover can be easily detached.
 
The original ZEISS strap is in fair-to-good condition. While perfectly functional for many years to come, it might benefit from a cleaning - and I would have done it myself before selling if not afraid to ruin the leather.
 
If you will be the lucky winner of the auction, what would you get? Everything you see in the pictures:
 
1. ZEISS Ikon ZI camera with the original body cap, strap, carboard box and paperwork.
2. ZEISS Ever Ready full case with the original cardboard box.
3. The original purchase invoice (with the mention that I bought it on a friend's account, who happened to have a gold account at that time, thus helping me to save a bit on this costly purchase).
 
The photos I included are straight from my phone, meaning that there was no editing whatsoever, which explains the slight variations in exposure. Also, the collimated light that I've used (a regular table lamp) emphasized every speck of dust, meaning that the camera actually looks a lot better in reality.
 
I shall gladly respond to any inquiries and I accept returns as long as you find any discrepancy between the description of the item and the real item.
 
I only ship to the European Union.
 
This camera and case have also been listed on ebay. My ebay account is miniplenty2k. Please feel free to check my feedback.
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Postal Code: 01042
Shipping Method: Post
Shipping Cost: 15
Keywords: Zeiss Ikon ZI rangefinder case leica m mount

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marduk
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Registered: October 2008
Location: Vienna, AT
Posts: 277
Comment Date: Thu February 7, 2019

Nice camera! Would you be interested in a trade against M2 + cash? I'm also in Europe.


I'm also selling a Rolleiflex, I think I got that your intention is sizing down the camera collection, but just wanted to mention this in case you are interested :-)



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alexandru_voicu
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Registered: March 2011
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 90
Comment Date: Thu February 7, 2019
Hi,


Thank you for your offer and my apologies for the little delay in responding. To be honest, I logged in just to write that the camera sold today. This is how I noticed your message. So, the camera is no longer available. I'm sorry.


I shall check you Rolleiflex, a friend of mine is looking for one.


Thanks,
Alex
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marduk
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Registered: October 2008
Location: Vienna, AT
Posts: 277
Comment Date: Fri February 8, 2019

Alex, that's a pity! I sent you a PM about my Rolleiflex.



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