>This camera has the look! > >I wonder what the price will be? A kit with 35/50/85 would >be nice to have
The competition would give the consumers more choices in terms of lenses but it may seriously hurt Leica if they are priced way low. And, I think Zeiss can since some of the lenses will be assembled by Cosina.
>Interesting qoute from the Ikon FAQ: > >Q: Will there be a digital ZI camera? >A: This may be a future possibility. However we presently >cannot comment details on this > >Q: Are the CZ ZI lenses ready for use with the future >digital camera? >A: Yes. > >
Zeiss tends to concentrate a lot on resolution so I have no doubt their new lenses will be ready. This looks like another of the Contax/Zeiss deal but a little deeper.
Well, Nikon (sort of) reentered the RF arena a few years ago with the limited edition S3 Millennium
I see this camera advertised every now and then. You can pick up a kit with a chrome body and a 50/1,4 lens at quite a nice price. I've been drooling over this camera for some time (mmmm ... NAS ... jummy)
One thing to note is that there's really no restrictions in the space between the inner end of the lens and the film because there is no mirror to worry about. Hence, the lens designer can go to the extreme in designing lenses that can exceed most conventional lenses that fit into SLR's. If you look at the MTF graph of the Zeiss Biogon 38mm for the Hasselblad SW, you will be quite impressed. All Biogon lenses from Zeiss has the same basic design. I forgot to add that Biogon designs cannot be used in SLR's.
Back to films, if we recall, Velvia RVP50 is only 160 lpm. 400 lpm is beyond most films, except for the fairly new German Gigabitfilm which can record 400lpm and beyond. When you buy films from Gigabit, they come with their own chemistry set.
This is pushing the edge of technology quite a bit, albeit from a direction different from the Japanese.
I always thought that the Leica M are nice and the price isn't too bad. But Leitz lenses are out of my league. I wonder if the Zeiss lenses would fit a Leica M body and are the prices any cheaper? They could be even more expensive. Just a thought.
Yes, the Zeiss Ikon lenses (ZM) will fit Leica-M bodies: That's what it's all about. Someone has already brought his Leica-M body into Photokina2004 last week and shot a roll of Ilford using the ZM lenses at the trade-show and posted the pics. In terms of the high-end rangefinder market, Zeiss knows that it has one sole dominant vendor and they want the market, too.
My understanding is that Zeiss will priced them comfortably lower than Leica lenses and that's why most of the lenses are assembled by Cosina. There are 2 that will be completely done in Germany: the Distagon 15mm and the Sonnar 85mm.
A few days ago I got a email from classic-connections camera dealer. He was solicting advance deposits on the new Zeiss-Ikon system. I wasn't interested so I deleted the email. I think the camera body was $1699.00 which beats a new Leica. But the lenses were right up there with the Leica prices.
$1699 is awfully steep considering the body is only made from aluminum, unlike the M7's brass body and the G2's titanium body. Doesn't the Bessa R2 have a brass top and bottom? And it does go for a lot cheaper. If Zeiss wants to compete with Leica, they should make the Ikon under $1000. That's what I think.