Full frame rangefinder solutions. Not leica

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Re: Full frame rangefinder solutions. Not leica
In reply to bosjohn, Aug 19, 2013

bosjohn wrote:

D Cox wrote:

one last point. When it comes to very wide angle lenses the Leica has a big advantage in that its lens flang to sensor plane is shorter and there is not mirror flopping around in there. This means that even 21mm or shorter lenses can be designed as so called straight focus lenses which means less distortion and better sharpness and a huge savings in size

This advantage over SLRs is shared by all the mirrorless digital cameras.

whil, this is true for the mirrorless cameras you may not like the results you get sticking your Zeiss or Leica lenses on them with adapters because for some strange but well documented reason the wide angles that is those wider than thirty five mm or so get pretty soft around the edges. So if you want to use wide angle Leica glass or zeiss glass you pretty much stuck using the Leica. If sony makes an interchangable lens version of their latest fixed lens offering then you will have a real viable alternative albeit its not really a range finder but a electronic slr

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bosjohn aka John Shick bosjohn@yahoo.com

First of all, I don't think he was talking about putting Zeiss or Leica rangefinder lenses on a mirrorless camera. I think he was talking about putting designed-for-mirrorless-camera lenses on mirrorless cameras.

Secondly, Sony's "interchangable lens version of their latest fixed lens offering" would absolutely not be "a electronic slr".   All modern SLRs are "electric" because they run on electricity.  But in order to be an "electric SLR", you need a reflex mirror, which is what the "R" in "SLR" stands for.  No reflex mirror, no SLR.

I don't see any reason to go back to outdated, inferior technology such as the rangefinder mechanical focus system.  For its time, it was a decent solution.  But technology has brought us far superior methods of focusing a lens while actually being able to see through the lens.  Plus, rangefinders also aren't as accurate with their focusing, since rangefinders focus by triangulation. Ultimately, rangefinders are appealing to a small niche market who doesn't mind these limitations and quirks of the rangefinder system.  But the rest of the photographic world has definitely moved on to better options and better technology.

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