Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/01/11

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Subject: Was RE: [Leica] DSLR choice - now Zeiss-Ikon
From: jsmith342 at (Jeffery Smith)
Date: Wed Jan 11 18:02:32 2006

I've handled the new Zeiss-Ikon rangefinder, and it's not in Leica's league.
Not to say that it's bad. I would put it a cut above the Bessa R2a, though
the two are very similar in layout. It looks like the body was inspired by
the Leica M5 (kind of boxy with the rewind knob recessed on the bottom).
Like the Bessas and Leicas, the viewfinder is very VERY bright. And the
sound of the shutter is closer to Leica M7 than the Bessa. It doesn't have
the heft of a Leica M6, and the metal seems less substantial (I had to tap
it a lot with my fingernail to ascertain that the top was metal). What it
comes down to is, would you rather have an M7 or something that costs 1/2 of
the M7 that may last as long as film does (and the latter is disappearing

Jeffery Smith
New Orleans, LA

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ruben
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 7:12 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] DSLR choice

I got this in the mail from the rangefinderforum - perhaps someone here on 
the leica list could be tempted by the price -
if this have been brought to your attention from someone else on the list i 

best - ruben

Once again is pleased to announce the ultimate RFF 
Photo Contest in honor of Henri Cartier-Bresson. What is the prize? Well, 
here is a hint. When it comes to you rangefinder camera needs, PopFlash 
Photo has what you want from Leica to Zeiss. So, through their generosity, 
Tony from PopFlash Photo is providing the ultimate RFF prize, a brand new 
silver Zeiss Ikon and 50mm Planar lens combo. Stay tuned for more 
information and the rules. Also, spread the words at other sites if you can 
because one of the rules will be participation by rangefinder camera 

Leica Users Group.
See for more information

Replies: Reply from dcm at (David C. Mason) (Was RE: [Leica] DSLR choice - now Zeiss-Ikon)
In reply to: Message from ruben at (Ruben) ([Leica] DSLR choice)