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Zeiss Ikon SW

Luuk Jurrien
Photokina report
Wednesday 30th, August 2006
Posted by: Luuk Jurrien

The Zeiss Ikon SW is the 35mm precision camera for uncompromising superwide photographers. Its lens mount takes any lens with M bayonet, in particular the Zeiss high performance superwide-angle lenses Distagon T* 2.8/15mm ZM and the Biogon T* types from the Zeiss ZM range. An accessory shoe directly above the lens takes the corresponding superwide Viewfinder. A second shoe is built in to take a flash, a bubble level or other accessory. The electronically controlled metal focal plane shutter offers speeds ranging from 1/2000 sec. - 8 sec. in automatic mode (AE-lock is available) and 1/2000 - 1 sec. + B in manual mode. Fastest flash synchro speed of the Zeiss Ikon SW camera is 1/125 sec.

Zeiss Ikon SW

Zeiss Ikon Superwide camera - Price
The new super wide angle Zeiss Ikon SW offers the same extremely high image quality as the known Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera: far above today's digital cameras. It is fully integrated into the Zeiss Ikon system. The Zeiss Ikon SW Superwide camera comes without the complex rangefinder and is therefore considerably more affordable than the rangefinder camera. The Zeiss Ikon SW will be available as of October 2006. The list price of the new Zeiss Ikon Superwide camera is €799 (without VAT).

Zeiss Ikon SW camera - Exposure and Operation
The new Zeiss Ikon Superwide camera combines a classical design with easy-to-use operation. Features and controls are designed to make practical photography comfortable and free from unpleasant surprises caused by the camera. Manual or auto TTL exposure metering as well as an AE-lock function gives you complete control of the exposure situation. So that you can make best use of the entire system, from the film to the lens. Quite simply, you can count on a highly versatile creative tool that won't let you down.

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Zeiss Ikon SW compact camera - Viewfinder
Unlike 35 mm SLR camera viewfinders, for example, that can only show little more than 90% of what will be recorded on film, the Zeiss Ikon SW viewfinder lets you see the area that surrounds the actual image giving you greater possibilities and confidence as you compose each image. All of this and more so that you can follow your passion: creating great images.

Zeiss Ikon SW specifications
• Camera type: 35mm camera with focal plane shutter and TTL light metering.
• Film format: 24 x 36mm on 35mm film
• Short focal length types of the Carl Zeiss T* ZM-mount lens family
• Combination with an external viewfinder
• M-mount lenses, including M39 screw mount lenses with an M-mount adapter
• Exposure metering: TTL center-weighted metering at working aperture
• Metering range at ISO 100 and f/2: EV0-EV19 (f/2-4 sec., f/16-1/2000 sec.)
• Film speed range: ISO 25-3200 manually set in 1/3 f-stop increments
• AE with aperture priority
• Manual AE lock option for a single exposure or for a sequence of exposures
• Exposure compensation +/-2 f-stops in 1/3 stops set at shutter speed dial
• LED display: Combination of 3 LED indicates shutter speed setting situation
• Vertical-travel metal focal-plane shutter
• Electronically controlled speeds accurate to 1/12 f-stop
• Range in Automatic mode: 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
• Range in Manual mode: 1 sec. to 1/2000 sec. in 1-stop increments; B.
• Flash synch: Synchronization at 1/125 sec. and longer shutter speeds
• Film transport: Rapid-wind manual advance lever, with ratcheted partial advance
• One-piece aluminum base structure, external magnesium covers
• Tripod thread 1/4 inch in base
• Two accessory shoes for external viewfinder and flash
• Batteries: One CR 1/3 Lithium or two 1.5 V cells type LR44 or SR44
• Dimensions: 138mm W x 72.5mm H x 32mm D (5.4” W x 2.9” H x 1.3” D)
• Weight: 395g (13.9 oz.)

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