Rumor: Full frame Zeiss Ikon digital rangefinder in development

“Our source claims that Zeiss is working on a digital rangefinder with a Sony sensor, he goes further saying that unlike all the current dRFs the Zeiss dRF will use a CMOS sensor”. (source: ZR)

This is what Zeiss had to say on this topic few years ago (September, 2006):

Q: There are rumors that Zeiss will eventually have its own digital rangefinder camera body that will accept the M mount lenses. True or false? Will it be Cosina-made? Full 24 x 36mm sensor?

A: At Carl Zeiss, we can imagine such a camera. But we feel that is not the right time to introduce such a camera now. Today digital technology is still developing fast and the initial value of a digital camera is lost in quite a short time. (source : PopPhoto)

So, is now the right time? Right before Leica launches the full frame M9?

Zeiss currently does have a film rangefinder product – Zeiss Ikon (product page):


Zeiss Ikon rangefinder (source:

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