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Kodak Vollenda front-cell focus Xenar -
It has no rangefinder...where is it welcome?:confused:
Just my opinion, Murray, but despite the lack of a range measuring device, the camera still has an optical viewfinder, no ground-glass to focus on, and is therefore akin to RF cameras in viewing the world. In his Rangefinder book, Roger Hicks refers to cameras with optical viewfinders as "Direct View" cameras, and this includes those both with and without rangefinder mechanisms.
We also have the Voigtlander Bessa-L with neither rangefinder NOR viewfinder (otherwise most similar to the popular Bessa-R rangefinder body), and it's not banned from RFF because of that. :) Nor, I think, would the very expensive Alpa direct view cameras...
Focusing by estimation, guess, scale (however you call it), or even direct measurement with a string or tape-measure, has a long and honorable history. Even when rangefinders were an accessory device available separately for use in the camera's accessory shoe.
I was wondering the same thing- for minox 35, olympus EC2, and XA2 shots..
When a rangefinder perfectly is in focus the rf spot blends and it instantly becomes a viewfinder camera!
Even an M3 is just another viewfinder type when using a non-coupled lens like the snapshot skopar..
So as long as the camera does not have a projected view, it's ok?
I guess when using an rd1 or m8 one must use the optical finder..
Wait, would my casio digital qualify since it's got an optical finder too?? I mean so long as I guess focus? Oh and my old 2.3 mp Ricoh 5300, it's got an optical finder too and even looks like a real rangefinder camera.. oh and my G5.. um uh ohh
another reason I have no gallery!
Well, I guess my own gallery is as good a place as any, too.
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