The Advantages Of Shooting With A Rangefinder And How To Use One

Dec 20, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

The Advantages Of Shooting With A Rangefinder And How To Use One

Dec 20, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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Ever wonder what it was like to shoot with a rangefinder? In this quick little vignette produced by Leica, street photographer Craig Semetko takes us on location as he wonders the city showing viewers the benefits of using a rangefinder firsthand. Semetko also explains how to use one, which is a slightly different process than your typical SLR.

“When you look through the viewfinder of an [Leica] M, everything is in focus. Everything has clarity whether it is behind your subject or in front of your subject or your subject itself. When you look through an SLR, you’re actually looking through the lens and the lens is going to show the picture it wants you to take. Things are going to be in focus and things are going to be out of focus. The M demands more from the photographer, it demands you use your imagination, that you think about what you’re doing, understand what it is you want to achieve then change your manual controls accordingly to achieve that vision.”

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3 responses to “The Advantages Of Shooting With A Rangefinder And How To Use One”

  1. gs_790 Avatar
    gs_790

    That sums up my experience to a Tee: there is no better type of ‘walking around camera’

    There are tons and tons of orphaned rangefinders on ebay, at swap-meets and any other type of market for used goods that you can think of. They’re cheap, fairly easy to use, and totally different than your DSLR. If you’ve already budgeted some of your photography money to shoot film, it’s absolutely worth your time to buy a rangefinder.

  2. Allen Mowery Avatar
    Allen Mowery

    One of my greatest complaints against the modern SLR is the lack of that split-image focusing screen. With that split image on an old SLR, I was able to more quickly and more accurately manually focus an image than with today’s digital counterparts.

  3. Marcus Wolschon Avatar
    Marcus Wolschon

    “this video is private”. Can’t be watched.