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    Zeiss has stopped making the Zeiss Ikon

    I have two of the new Zeiss Ikon's in stock, both black. It looks like this will be the end of the line for this great rangefinder.

    I was using mine for street photography just this week. You can see the blog here... http://thepicturedesk.blogspot.ca/20...-ikon-and.html

    This is the notice I received this week from Zeiss.....

    Dear Zeiss Photo Dealer,

    Please note, a decision has been made to discontinue the Zeiss Ikon Camera. There is a limited amount of stock on hand, after which the product will no longer be available. We will continue to provide spare parts and service on the camera for the immediate future. This decision also effects the various spare parts for the camera body, such as the camera strap, side grip, camera case and the diopter lenses. These accessories are only available while supplies last.

    This decision reflects the ongoing transformation from film to digital capture. While sales of the camera have remained steady over the last several years, it is no longer feasible to continue manufacturing the product.

    Carl Zeiss remains committed to manufacturing the ZM lens series and as indicated at Photokina, we will develop at least one new high speed, prime lens during 2013. More information about this product will be announced in the coming year.
    Rob Skeoch
    This is my blog http://thepicturedesk.blogspot.com/
    This my website for photo supplies...
    www.bigcameraworkshops.com
    This is my website for Rangfinder gear
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    What a shame.

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    In this economy (U.S. and Europe), a high-cost film camera becomes a luxury. Another sign of the times, I suppose. At least, Zeiss doesn't have the cost of trying to shut down an entire camera making operation, as it did with Zeiss Ikon in the 1970s.

    Perhaps, it's time to look at picking up a second body.

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    Sad to hear that I wonder how cosina is doing after all the ZI was their baby.

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    By the time I get around to it, I will not be able to buy a new one.
    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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    Progress. •snort•

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    Zeiss has stopped making the Zeiss Ikon
    I thought production stopped in 1972? These new ones were made by Cosina in Japan.

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    Another victim of an impatient, instant gratification society, whose lives are seldom touched by real quality.

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    Sadly, by the time my spring camera allowance arrives, the remaining supply will have ended up in the hoarder's ...er collector's... cabinets.
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    Hate to hear that.

    Jeff

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