35mm Zeiss Ikon ZM with a Leica 50mm f2 Lens
A beautiful working Zeiss Ikon ZM in black that takes Leica M mount lenses. With a built-in light meter and an included handsome Leica lens (50mm f2) that is clear of any fungus or haze or separation, drop a roll in and start shooting. Film-tested and includes a beautiful leather strap.
IF you are in the LRGV, you get a 30-day warranty. FREE shipping, fully insured anywhere within the Continental USA. Expedited shipping quoted upon request.
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The Zeiss Ikon is the official name of the rangefinder model. Since it is a very generic name it is also referred to as Zeiss Ikon ZM, and Zeiss Ikon rangefinder. It was designed as a modernized 35mm rangefinder camera. It has a TTL center-weighted meter with a range of 0 to 20 EV (ISO 100). The meter calculates light based on reflection of the center grey coloured shutter blade. It has a modernized quicker film loading system using a hinged back, this improves efficiency without having to deal with removing the base of the camera. A film reminder window is on the back. The film rewinding crank is designed similar to the Leica CL and is located on the base of the camera. This saves space and cleans up the top plate freeing it for viewfinder improvements.
The viewfinder has a 0.74 magnification with auto parallax correction. It has a RF base length of 55.5mm a bit larger than the M7. The bright frame lines are automatically set based on the lenses used. This is different from the Cosina Voigtländer Bessa series that are manually selected. It is compatible with the most commonly used focal lengths of 28, 35, 50 and 85mm. 28 and 85mm frame lines are displayed at the same time. There is no 75mm or 135mm lens compatibility with the built-in finder. There is also a manual frame selector lever on the face of the camera. This can be handy to preview frame lines with other lenses. The viewfinder is also friendlier to corrective lens users as the large eyepiece supports diopters with a range of ±2. It uses the same ones available for the Cosina Voigtländer Bessa.
It has an electronic vertical traveling metal focal plane shutter, with speeds from 1/2000 sec to 8 seconds in A mode (Aperture priority) and 1/2000 sec to 1 sec plus Bulb in manual mode. The flash sync is very usable at 1/125 sec. compared to 1/50 of a sec on Leica M6 or M7. It does not recognize DX encoded films automatically. The film speed has a range of 25 to 3200 ISO in 1/3 increments. It is set manually by lifting and rotating the shutter dial.
It supports aperture priority exposure along with manual exposure modes. Exposure compensation is available in A mode at ± 2 EV at 1/3 increments. Rotate the shutter dial so A is pointing to the value desired. Enabling exposure compensation will make the indicator LED blink. A handy AE lock function is available, located on the camera back right below the shoe. It can be used in A mode, but times out after 20 seconds of inactivity. Manual exposure mode is assisted with the light meter. The viewfinder displays the selected shutter speed as well as a blinking metered shutter value. Change the aperture or shutter speeds to match the blinking value. It uses CR 1/3 N, 2x LR44 or 2x SR44 batteries.