What it Looks Like to Focus a Rangefinder Camera

If you’ve never used a rangefinder camera before, this video provides a visual look at how focusing works (a Leica M2 is used). Basically you’re given a second (smaller) image of the scene, and your goal is turn the focus ring until the two images match up for the subject you’d like to have in focus.

Here’s another video showing the viewfinder on a Leica M7:

(via The Phoblographer)

  • LeicaLook

    Shooting a rangefinder is so much more engaging than using an SLR or any type of auto-focus system. It’s like shooting a firearm where focus is based on a 2D plane. Trying to focus on an SLR requires the 3rd dimension of depth which is a bit harder to focus with.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the camera manufacturers could figure out a way to get the rangefinder focus rectangle to work in an EVF somehow. They would have to make profiles for different lenses I guess, but I would love to have that.

  • Nick Bedford

    That’s why I sold my Zeiss 35mm F1.4 MF lens after a short while. It was a fantastic lens, built like a tank, but focusing accurately was very difficult on a normal OVF. DSLRs lend themselves to AF unless you have a focusing screen installed.