Zeiss Ikon Camera

Zeiss Ikon Camera

FujiFilm X100F

maker: Zeiss
format: film
lens mount: Leica M
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The Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera combines a classical design with easy-to-use operation. Features and controls are designed to make practical photography comfortable and free from unpleasant surprises caused by the camera. Manual or auto TTL exposure metering as well as an AE-lock function gives you complete control of the exposure situation.

Unlike 35 mm SLR camera viewfinders that can only show little more than 90% of what will be recorded on film, the Zeiss Ikon viewfinder lets you see the area that surrounds the actual image giving you greater possibilities and confidence as you compose each image. What’s more, the triangulation rangefinder combined with a viewfinder base that is the widest available means that you can expect extreme accuracy and wide-angle focusing precision.

Photos Taken with this Camera

Cinque Terre
Dry Dock
Staff of Friends
Ignoring the Banana Trees
Fountain of Youth

Related Articles

Below is a list of articles in which this camera is discussed, or at least mentioned, on this site.

Leica Q Decision (sep 07, 2018)

Despite my well thought through decision a month or so ago to buy a new Leica M-mount camera, in particular one without a LCD screen (i.e., a Leica M-D), I’ve decided to buy instead a Leica Q compact camera.

Replacing a Zeiss Ikon with a Leica M3 (may 2, 2015)

Although I already have an excellent rangefinder film camera, the lure of classic Leica cameras is great: I want a Leica M3. In this post, I compare the features of the Zeiss Ikon and the Leica M3 and describe my impressions and concerns.

Finding Clarity (aug 12, 2014)

To learn how to use the Leica M9 camera for studio photography, I spent a day taking private lessons with a professional fashion photographer who uses the same camera for his work. He hired a model for the lessons. It was fun and extremely useful.

Tools (jul 24, 2013)

When I was a boy, I was fascinated by tools. My father and grandfather used tools to make things: I would stand next to them in their sheds watching them work with tools. I wanted to be like them. It was a manly thing to build and fix things with tools.

Daily Photographs (jul 14, 2013)

For the past couple of years, I’ve been transitioning away from SLR cameras and others, to rangefinder cameras. To learn how to use my latest rangefinder camera, I started a project of taking thirty-six photos each day for practice.

Almost Everything Must Go (may 19, 2012)

I have a crazy plan to sell almost all of my cameras and lenses and buy new ones. Looking through over 25,000 photos I took, I printed my fifty best for a small photo album. I discovered that I take better pictures with film and rangefinder cameras.

An Adventure in Gear Acquisition (mar 18, 2012)

When I started researching the two Zeiss ZM 85mm lenses—the expensive f/2 lens ($3,350) and the inexpensive f/4 lens ($875)—a few people sent me messages leading me instead to decide to buy the Leica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8 lens.

The Two Zeiss 85mm ZM Lenses (sep 23, 2010)

I want to buy an 85mm Zeiss ZM lens for my Zeiss Ikon camera. Zeiss makes two 85mm lens models for M-mount cameras. They make the Sonnar T* f2.0 and the Tele-Tessar T* f/4 lenses. The Sonnar lens costs more than triple that of the Tele-Tessar.