Rangefinder question for a not-expert

Started Aug 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
John Siward
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It was designed to be quick!
In reply to docvale, Aug 24, 2013

docvale wrote:

Thanks Michael and JD.

I knew about the split image focusing system, but I didn't know about the insensitivity to the aperture control (despite it might sound obvious, since you don't see through the lens... but since you can see how you're focusing...).

So, I guess it takes very high skills to shoot with a rangefinder!

When it was first introduced, the coupled rangefinder was the fastest way to accurately focus, designed for photojournalists and similar who needed to shoot quickly and in low light.  Ironically, these days people often like using a rangefinder camera for the opposite reason - because with an auto-focus DSLR it is all to easy to take 20 photos before you've even though about what you are shooting!

There's nothing particularly hard about taking an in-focus shot using a rangefinder, but experienced rangefinder photographers can focus and shoot very quickly, which does take a fair degree of skill and a lot of practise...

J.

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