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 18:21:09 2006

I really like my Bessa M-mount RFs, so I would REALLY like a Zeiss-Ikon. It
is a fine RF. But if you held the Zeiss in one hand and a Leica MP in the
other hand, you'd feel a lot more weight in the Leica hand.

I even really like my plastic Bessa R's. I guess I like the genus better
than the species.

Jeffery Smith
New Orleans, LA

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of David C.
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:05 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: Was RE: [Leica] DSLR choice - now Zeiss-Ikon

Well, I suppose if I got one for free... because I had the best photo out of
a bunch I wouldn't really care if it was as good as the M7.

On 1/11/06, Jeffery Smith <> wrote:
> 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 fast!).
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In reply to: Message from dcm at (David C. Mason) (Was RE: [Leica] DSLR choice - now Zeiss-Ikon)