Many years ago now (late 90s perhaps) I came into possession of a Contax G2. It was a superb camera with wonderful lenses. Its drawbacks were the high levels of automation: auto fix wind, auto exposure, auto focus. However it was a delight to use and it stayed with me wherever I went, until one fateful day whilst purchasing a bag of film from a photographic shop (remember those days?) the very astute shopkeeper said "lovely camera that, but I bet that you really wanted a Leica. " He was of course quite correct, but I held onto the G2 for a few more years whilst holding my long term Leica fixation at bay. Eventually the offer of a Leica M1 at an excellent price became too much of a temptation. Of course Leica addiction does not stop there and in the ensuing years an M3 and collection of lenses followed: comprehensively draining my savings in the process. Then idly surfing photo dealers on the internet (a very dangerous passtime!) I spotted a Zeiss Ikon ZM camera for sale. At first glance it has a very Leica M look to it and I fell for it. A s it turns out it is a very nice piece of kit. Shooting with it is very much like my fondly remembered Contax G2 but not auto wind and no auto focus and all my M lenses work with it including a 50mm Planar and 28mm Biogon. Wow just like the old G2 but almost a Leica! I don't miss the auto wind, which generally caused me to shoot too many frames without thinking, I don't miss the auto focus which like most auto focus systems had too much of a mind of its own. The zips machine does have an aperture priority auto exposure option, but this is easily ignored (though as I did with the G2 I do trust the AE more than I should at times). I still have my trusty Weston meter which travels with the Contax in my bag. Of course I have not parted with the Leicas: they remain my principal tools, but the Zeiss Ikon is almost a Leica and has one other brilliant feature: when a 35mm or 50mm lens is mounted only one frame appears in the viewfinder - just like a Leica M2! The zeiss is a splendid piece of kit and great fun to use, but it"s not quite a Leica!