Full frame rangefinder solutions. Not leica

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bosjohn
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Re: Full frame rangefinder solutions. Not leica
In reply to JoePhoto, 11 months ago

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
Quieter
No shutter lag
Brighter viewfinder (with about 130% coverage)
No "blackout" during exposure
Faster flash-sync speed

flash synch is dependent on the curtain speed not the what kind of view finder. All focal plane shutters are or were limited to a flash synch speed which was the fastest speed obtainable with the second curtain not starting before the first curtain cleared the film. leaf shutters on the other hand could synch at any shutter speed they were capable of attaining.

Easier to use with "some" filters.

you may be right but I have never found a filter to be easier or harder to use but in the slr it sure looked red using the red filter.

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 disagree, the main advantage of the slr is to use very long lenses easlly and to do close up and micro and macro photography easily. Extreme wide angle is just as easy with a range finder.

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.)
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Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto

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

aside from the above mentioned black out, the philosophical differences between range finder and slr camera usage is how our work flow progresses. In the slr your image is surrounded by black and your forced or lead into composing your pic in camera which works spectacularly well. In the range finder the work flow is you see the pic in your mind and compose before the camera comes to your eye and spend very little time adjusting the framing before shooting which works spectacularly well.

I love both.

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