Focusing Rangefinder Cameras
When you focus a rangefinder camera, how important is perfect vision? Is it possible to mistakenly "focus the camera to your eye" and get out of focus images if your vision isn't corrected (unlike with an SLR, in which you'll just have a lot of difficulty getting it focused but it's impossible to focus it to your eyes)?
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#1. "RE: Focusing Rangefinder Cameras" | In response to Reply # 0autoexer Nikonian since 27th Jan 2011Sun 14-Oct-12 01:52 AM
i have a very old Kodak rangefinder - you basicly have an overlay that you match up. i remember it working very well, but it has been 40 years since i have used it! I would guess now that my eyesight has gotten worse, it would be hard to get it focused correctly without my glasses So to answer your question, i am not sure how you could "focus the camera to your eye" unless the camera was "correcting" your vision the same as a diopter would. My vision without my glasses is "blurry" - i use a +1 diopter to correct my SLR's so i do not have to use my glasses. Now i could see issues if you put say a -2 diopter on the camera when you actually need a -3, you could see things well enought to focus (at least what you think is in focus) and have the photo be actually out of focus.
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#2. "RE: Focusing Rangefinder Cameras" | In response to Reply # 0grizzly200 Registered since 18th Dec 2011Sun 14-Oct-12 02:42 PM
As long as you can see the rangefinder spot clearly and are able to synchronize the overlapping images, it is easier to handle a rangefinder with vision problems. Having a clear, bright rangefinder spot is the key.
#3. "RE: Focusing Rangefinder Cameras" | In response to Reply # 0ornate_wrasse Nikonian since 19th Feb 2006Mon 15-Oct-12 07:07 PM
>When you focus a rangefinder camera, how important is perfect
I own several Rangefinder cameras (two Leicas, an Epson RD-1 and a Mamiya 6, all but the Epson are film cameras) and I find that my imperfect vision has not stopped me from getting images in focus. I have Macular Pucker in my right eye and cannot see detail very well at all.
One of the reasons I like to use my rangefinders is that they are easier for me to focus than a manual focus SLR. I especially enjoy using my Leica M3, a meterless camera.
Hope that helps,