Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/01/12

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Subject: Was RE: [Leica] DSLR choice - now Zeiss-Ikon
From: jsmith342 at (Jeffery Smith)
Date: Thu Jan 12 05:26:23 2006

Yikes, I didn't even notice that. I didn't want to handle the fellow's
camera TOO long (someone had it in a coffee shop in Algiers). I do wear
glasses and didn't have trouble seeing the frame lines for his 35mm Zeiss

Jeffery Smith
New Orleans, LA

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Peter
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 11:51 PM
Subject: Was RE: [Leica] DSLR choice - now Zeiss-Ikon

Jeffery:  Do you wear glasses? If so, how is the Zeiss' eye relief compared 
to an M .72x viewfinder?


At 06:25 PM 1/11/2006 -0800, "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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