Full frame rangefinder solutions. Not leica

Started Aug 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ed B
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Re: Full frame rangefinder solutions. Not leica
In reply to JoePhoto, Aug 18, 2013

JoePhoto wrote:

A (true) rangefinder (type) camera would be the BEST choice for many, and maybe even "most".

Compared to SLR's the original (film) rangefinders were:

Lighter / smaller
No shutter lag
Brighter viewfinder (with about 130% coverage)
No "blackout" during exposure
Faster flash-sync speed
Easier to use with "some" filters.

All of these contributed to "better" images.

The main advantages of the SLR was the ability to use "extreme" WA or TELE and the use of "some" filters. (But remember some were easier to use on rangefinders.)

I had many SLR's, but MADE MORE MONEY with my rangefinders, (a lot more money).

NOW .... digital has convoluted things a bit.

But all digitals still have the "blackout" which was one of my major advantages of rangefinder-type. (Albeit the new ability to instantly review-images is nice.)
Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto

( Do You Ever STOP to THINK --- and FORGET to START Again ??? )

Spoken like a true lover of rangefinders

You bring up some very good points but I don't know if you're right about them possibly being the best cameras for most people, especially when you consider the mindset of younger consumers.

For a person who shoots prime lenses and wants manual focus only (gone are the days of the Contax auto focus system) the Leica would be good but, currently, it's about the only choice in digital and has to be considered a niche product.

I do agree that the older 35mm range finders had many good qualities.

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