Whilst one reads a great deal about the Leica M system, not quite as much user experience seems available here about the current Zeiss alternatives, the rangefinder-fitted one or the non-rangefinder wide-angle one.
This seems a little strange to me, and I wondered if anyone here has any experiences with the above equipment that they might like to pass along, particularly regarding the use of either camera with the 28mm and wider lenses.
As many people already own good dedicated film scanners, possibly also have a stock of film as well as GePe mounts and Diane Wyllie archival wallets (okay, I do) and seeing that film isn't really looking to be dead within the next few years, it could be that the call of a non-slr or non-digital camera might not have as much to do with sirens as some think.http://www.zeiss.com
The above link is quite interesting, and another one, dslr.com has a review of the rangfinder model but it's in Spanish, so possibly not as useful here.
Love to learn what your experiences are with this gear.
I use the RF Ikon extensively and it has become my favourite camera to use (I have a 1Ds3 and recently sold a 5D). I've actually got two bodies and the 25, 35 and 50 (sonnar) lenses. Also a Voigtlander 15 and M-Rokkor 90.
If you can live with the rf limitations and film I think it has some advantages over the leica M7 - price, better viewfinder and great service - but there is an internet viewthat it is less robust, though the only problem I've had with mine was knocking a rangefiner out of alignment when I dropped the (unpadded and full) bag on the floor. Zeiss fixed it quickly and eficiently. Of course there is no red dot:)
The viewfinder is both bigger and brighter than M6 or M7, but see comment below about focus patch. The shutter is less lovely than the M6, but not loud (then a nikon D40 is also quiet...).
If you don't wear glasses I think the 28 would be fine with the rf finder, but I struggle with that set of framelines with my (-8) shortsight and glasses. Contact lenses are fine. It's actually the perfect 35mm camera, with a very big bright vf and clear lines. The rf effective length is long (~75mm) and so focussing is easy. Sometimes the patch is difficult to see if you don't centre your eye properly, but in practice you learn to do that in a few time use. I can focus on an edge in lower light than the 1Ds3 can autofocus, but the slr af is quicker in good light.
Zeiss commented some years ago that they could envisage a digital Ikon, but wanted the tech to mature first. I could imagine it happening at some time in the not distant future.