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Good book for rangefinder photography?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by stekks, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. stekks

    stekks New to Mu-43

    Feb 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Hi all,

    What's a good book to learn a bit more about rangefinder photography (technical/creative)?

    I saw some Leica books but will they apply to other rangestyle type camera's too?

    I'm looking to get a Olympus EM-5 when they come out.

  2. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    A rangefinder camera is a rangefinder camera. Any Leica M handbook will tell you about focussing techniques, etc but the controls on other brands may be in different places.
    The EM-5 is NOT a rangefinder camera. The only digital rangefinders are the Leica M8 and M9 and the Epson RD-1.
  3. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    What is it you're looking for in a book? The only thing really different about any rangefinder is the focusing technique, which can be learned in about 30 second. Maybe 60 seconds if it's early in the morning. Oh, and parallex, if the viewfinder window isn't located directly above the lens. I can explain that in a couple of minutes if you need an explanation.

    Other than that, the technical and creative aspects of photography don't really change. Apertures do what apertures do. Ditto shutters. Composition is composition. Light and shadow don't change based on the camera style.
  4. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
  5. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    There's really nothing different about rangefinder photography other than the focusing method. After that it's just the controls and capabilities of the individual camera.

    You can find out a lot about how rangefinder baseline length, aperture and focal length affect focusing accuracy at this web site
    CameraQuest Home Page
    There's a lot of articles and descriptions of various rangefinders with a heavy emphasis on classic Leicas.

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