Are Rangefinders Dead?

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by marc_bergman|1, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Camera 35 magazine had this article in their August 1968 issue.

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  2. Here they show the RF bargains they found at a camera show.

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  4. Let's switch over to Modern Photography and see what Keppler is up to.

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  5. Here is the Techniques Tomorrow column.

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  6. Simon looks at the Hulcher camera.

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  7. Modern tests the Leicaflex SL.

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  8. Great stuff, as usual. The mirror lens article was especially interesting. The "off-axis" mask to stop the mirror lens down is often used in Cassegrain and Newtonian reflectors today. For example, it allows a smaller but still effective solar filter at much less cost than full aperture. Also, fast Newtonian scopes can produce sharper, but less bright images where loss of light is not important, such as viewing planets.
    For people that have trouble focusing mirror lenses borrow this trick from telescope focusing aids: Cut out a disk in black paper and make two identical holes on opposite sides of the correct. You may have to experiment for best size. When in place bright objects, especially highlights or bright spots will form a double image. Adjust focus to form a single point.
    Overall, a great collection of articles. Many thanks.
  9. Are Range Finders Dead?? I do not think so ! For those with a ton of money, Leica can arrange for you to part ways with it for one of their new beauties. The used market is going well, as attested to by the Range Finder forum thread. For those of us who might be labeled nickel nursers, FSU Feds, Zorkis & Kievs keep the art alive. . . just ask me ! I have a some what large collection of working Fed's & Zorki's and MF folders. Not dead at all. . .just in need of a good 12 step program. Aloha from the Mainland, Bill DSCF0862 ces13 rff-vert-horz rff.jpg

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