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10-16-2010, 20:23
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!!

10-16-2010, 20:30
You zoom with your feet.

10-16-2010, 20:39
keep your knees greased and your ankles oiled.

10-16-2010, 20:42
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.

10-16-2010, 20:57
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.