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    I want a Zeiss Ikon.. Tell me why I shouldn't do it..

    I'm a rangefinder man all the way. I currently have two Mamiya 6's and two Bronica RF645's. These are my babies. I do all my work with them. I love working in medium format. But over the last year I've seen alot of really great 35mm work, all with Leica's or Zeiss's.. etc. It really got me longing for a Zeiss Ikon. You can buy them new with a 50/2 planar for just over 2k at B&H. That's certainly affordable compared to a Leica, even a used Leica.

    half of me is trying to talk myself into it, and half of me is trying to talk myself out of it. My main problem besides the cost is I'm not sure why I really NEED it. What situations would I prefer the 35mm RF? I can think of a few. Low light. The 50/2 is fast, much faster than all my MF RF lenses which are pretty much all f/4. But why couldn't I shoot the RF645 with some Delta 3200? Wouldn't the grain be similar between a 6x4.5 3200 shot compared to a 35mm pushed Tri-x or HP5 shot?? But the grain is just lovely in 35mm IMHO, and the images that are made with Zeiss/Leica glass are just special, they really are. They just have a soul to them, they speak to you. That is the main reason I want one. It would also help me to photograph people more, something I don't do very often.

    I'd just like some thoughts and suggestions....

    Thanks!

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    You only live once, life is too short, etc., etc.
    Get it and make yourself happy. If later you find you've gotten it out of your system, sell it on and make someone else happy.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Why should we care what you do with your money?

    - Leigh
    “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” - Plato

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    Why should we care what you do with your money?

    - Leigh
    Doesn't everyone enjoy spending other peoples money??!!

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    Sure, go get it because you deserve it.

    Are we enablers or what!?
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Can't help ya. I love mine. If you can find one at agood price I would definitely buy it.

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    Is anyone going to be deprived of something important, if you spend the money? If yes, then you shouldn't. Otherwise......
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    Don't get one of the new ones. Get the real thing.

    Glass Key Photo, a regular here, has (had?) a Zeiss Contax IIa w/50mm f2 Sonnar T lens for sale.

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    I went through the same mess recently, and ended up getting a Contax G2, you can save $1K going that route and get the same quality, but it is a much differnt type of system....food for thought....reguardless....if you can afford it, get that Zeiss if the Contax G2 isnt your cup a tea....
    Andy

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    I think it's fair ball to just get a 35mm kit just to explore your own artistic vision, or more fully explore your photographic work.

    Myself, I don't shoot 4x5 often but I like having the option...so I keep my Crown Graphic. I think the same applies to a curiosity about 35mm format.

    On a related note, don't be so quick to write off Leica bodies for price. Some fine quality ones out there for around a grand, sometimes less. No reason you can't be happy with an M3, or an M4 (heck I won a bit of a lottery in finding my M6 for $1K but that's another story).

    Good luck with your journey.
    "Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes."

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