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How do you zoom with a rangefinder camera with a 35mm lens? I understand the focusing mechanism, but in order to zoom, do you actually have to move closer to the subject? And if so, how close can you get?--(I'm assuming that depends on the lens, but is a 35mm lens not ideal for portrait photography?) Would someone be kind enough to explain for me how "zooming" works in rangefinder cameras?
Thank you so much in advance!!
You zoom with your feet.
keep your knees greased and your ankles oiled.
It's called sneaker zoom. And you can get as close as the close focus limit of your lens/rangefinder combination. Usually the lens is the limiting factor, you can get in up to 0.7m or 1m or so.
Not enough for portraits with a 35mm lens in many cases, get a longer lens for those cases - something between 75mm and 105mm.
You could stretch your arms out further, walk a bit closer, or get an (electric) wheelchair.
I think most RFs focus down to 1m, but a lot go down to 0.7m. Whether that's enough or not with a 35mm lens is quite a personal thing.
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