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    Future contax

    While mulling over the Zeiss verses Leitz lenses issue, just mulling not preparing to buy, I noticed on the Zeiss site, that their wording implied that it will not be to long before agreement giving Kyocera the exclusive use of the name Contax expires, do you think Zeiss will consider producing cameras to go head-to-head with the Leica line?

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    Two words: Zeiss Ikon.
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    And a lovely two words those are!

    I think Zeiss would be wise to focus on making highly prized lenses for respected bodies, and let the body hooplah blow on by. I don't want to know how much Leica sank into the M8 and the modul-R.
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    If only I had the bucks, I want their 18 mm for my Leica set up.

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    Leica sank too much in the M8. It's a dog. Too bad. Perhaps they'll get it right with the M9.

    Anyone remember the M5? Another dog. The Minolta CLE was better than the M5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinholemaster View Post
    Leica sank too much in the M8. It's a dog. Too bad.
    Walt I said I don't want to know!

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    I have to disagree about the M5. Yes, it's slightly larger than the other Ms but it's an extremely useable and well thought out camera. But this is off the track.

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    As to the OP - I'm not sure how much the Contax name is worth nowadays.

    It's simply a brand and it's been bandied about, bought and sold so much etc. that I think it's lost its "Zeiss lineage" and its cachet.

    In fact, with the resurrection of the Ikon label via Cosina - I think Zeiss has already made a decision with regard to film RFs.

    Not to deny that they might "resurrect" the Contax label as a brand for a new line of digis?

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    Maybe if the possible Fuji MF range finder does well, Zeiss will bring back a folder too?

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    Oh, I thought this was a scifi thread.


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