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Subject: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon
From: saganicc at MSKCC.ORG (Saganich, Christopher/Medical Physics)
Date: Mon Oct 25 08:11:14 2004

I had the chance to handle the Ikon and lenses this weekend.  I wasn't 
impressed with the body, seemed more like an R2 then a Leica, but the lenses 
were something to behold.  Most noticeable were the aperture which were in 
thirds from f/2-f/22.  The Hassy reps said they were going to be 40% Leica 
prices.  I can't see the body being too much of a treat to leica, but the 
lenses are another story, they are likely to be the bread winners for the 

Chris Saganich

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Mikiro 
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2004 9:38 PM
Subject: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon

Hi, all.
I read with interest an interview article in the
latest issue of Nihon Camera. Mr. Cornelius Muller
from Carl Zeiss answers questions from two pro
photographers. Here I pick of some of the Q&As.

Q: What is the background of developing new cameras?
A: It is to revive the tradition of manufacturing high
quality cameras that Zeiss Ikon had made for a long
Q: Why have you developed rangefinder cameras?
A: Not only because we want to revive old Contax but
also because we can make something technologically
superior to Leica.
Q: What are the aspects where Zeiss Ikon surpasses
other cameras?
A: The body and lenses. First, long baselength of the
rangefinder. Second, fine and smooth coupling between
lens focusing and rangefinder. The lenses are
optimally designed for rangefinder cameras. They show
very little focusing shift and are resistant to
aberrant and against light. We put our technology for
cine-camera lenses.
Q: Are you planning a digital camera based on this
A: Not for the moment. But we do not deny that it is a
Q: What do you think about digital cameras such as
A: We welcome an increase in similar cameras. It
increases chances of Zeiss lenses being used.

Zeiss have so much confidence. Stand up, Leica.

P.S. The article also says that Zeiss will set a price
of Zeiss Ikon at around 60% of Leica M.


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