Just a couple of items. First, there's now an official web page from the German Voigtländer about the Bessa III 667, in German and English. It appears to be still under construction (the "see larger image" link by one of the pictures doesn't work, for example, and the English page lacks text), but it announces that the camera will be ready by the Spring of 2009. At this time there is nothing on the Cosina Voigtländer Japan site. Oh, and "Preis: noch keine Angaben" (Price: Still no specification). Apart from features already reported, the camera uses an SPD (silicon photodiode) meter, and has parallax correction and exposure indicating LEDs in the viewfinder.
The other note is that I have positively confirmed with Carl Zeiss AG that its Zeiss ZE manual-focus lenses, with fully-functioning Canon EF mounts for use on Canon EOS film and digital SLRs, are being engineered with Canon's consent and cooperation. Although Zeiss demurred when asked about the specifics of the relationship between the companies, saying that it's an internal corporate matter, they did state the following in no uncertain terms: "Reverse-engineering the lensmount without the support of Canon is not part of the business ethics of Carl Zeiss."
This is good news for Canon users, as it means that the Zeiss ZE lenses will work perfectly on Canon cameras and not suffer from any possible compatibility issues that have befallen certain reverse-engineered independent lenses in the past. It also means that Zeiss has stayed true to its previously stated commitment not to reverse-engineer its products. "We as a company always seek a friendly relationship with the other players on the market," Zeiss's representative said.
Mike (Thanks to Chris)
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