Say it Isn't So!!!!

Started Jan 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
VladimirV Senior Member • Posts: 2,659
Re: It isn't so

jeff hladun wrote:

Vladimir, the rangefinder is of utmost importance when shooting on the street as it allows the quickest route to visually frame a composition. The photographer sees outside the framelines and can move his camera to the area of optimal visual impact.

I would dispute that since a live view camera, especially one with a tilt screen like the NEX, is way better suited for this since you can hip shoot while still composing your shot carefully so you don't need to raise the camera to your eye to take the shot so are more inconspicuous and faster.

When the lens is set on a particular zone of focus beforehand, the time spent focusing is simply zero; in other words much faster than any autofocus system.

Zone focusing needs only one thing and this is a quick way to set the lens to a specific distance, so any lens with distance markings can do the same without the need of a RF.

With a rangefinder, all that needs to be done is know where to plant your feet, and when to press the shutter - if there is some sort of planning done first. If street photography isn't of much interest to you, then the rangefinder approach can be bested with other systems. If spontaneous photography is of interest to you, then nothing beats using a rangefinder with Depth-of-Field marked manual focus lenses.

Street photography is of high importance to me and I have been doing it for a while so I agree, nothing beats distance markings on the lens or a quick way (like the Snap mode on Ricoh cameras) to set the lens to a specific distance. The RF is irrelevant for street photography since you will be shooting from the hip most of the time and don't really have enough time to align the lines in the patch anyway.

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