The Rangefinder Experience

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Definition

A rangefinder camera is a camera fitted with a rangefinder, typically a split-image rangefinder: a range-finding focusing mechanism allowing the photographer to measure the subject distance and take photographs that are in sharp focus. Most varieties of rangefinder show two images of the same subject, one of which moves when a calibrated wheel is turned; when the two images coincide and fuse into one, the distance can be read off the wheel.

Older, non-coupled rangefinder cameras display the focusing distance and require the photographer to transfer the value to the lens focus ring; cameras without built-in rangefinders could have an external rangefinder fitted into the accessory shoe.

Earlier cameras of this type had separate viewfinder and rangefinder windows; later the rangefinder was incorporated into the viewfinder. More modern designs have rangefinders coupled to the focusing mechanism so that the lens is focused correctly when the rangefinder images fuse; compare with the focusing screen in non-autofocus SLRs.”

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The Rangefinder Experience Notes

Fujifilm X-PRO3 With 7artisans 35mm f2
  • must have an Optical Viewfinder (OVF) and frame lines
  • the main benefit it’s that you see outside of the frame: this is offering you that detaching feeling, you become a true observer, a mosquito on the ceiling
  • your OVF magnification doesn’t depend on the lens (just the frames are changing)
  • and it feels so nice to see the world at a fixed magnification, with a square in middle, knowing that you’ll crop just a little portion of the world – it’s like cutting pictures from the world around you.
  • Zone Focusing / Pre-focus it’s probably the most used technique with manual focus lenses
  • Also, shooting a ranger finder means that your will learn by instinct the distances so you will pre-focus the lens, so that amazing Leica patch it’s not something that you’ll use all the time.

Henri Cartier-Bresson Quotes

– I am neither an economist nor a photographer of monuments, and I am not much of a journalist either. What I am trying to do more than anything else is to observe life.

– In photography, you’ve got to be quick, quick, quick, quick…Like an animal and a prey.

– Photography is like fencing. You must keep your distance, wait, and then thrust.

Conclusion

X100V A Rangefinder designed camera

I agree that the most purist rangefinder camera it’s a Leica M, regarding the rangefinder mechanism and focus aid. But for me, because I don’t want to hassle with calibration, it’s sufficient Fujifilm X-PRO series (or X100 series), because, the main benefit (for me) it’s the fact the a rangefinder will offer me the position of an observer, a distant observer.

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