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back alley
05-17-2006, 20:53
from another thread came this question in my head...and so i ask...

who here shoots with only rangefinder cameras?

i do, for one.
i own only rangefinders.

(except for my little digicam and i only use that to shoot my rangefinders...)

joe

sf
05-17-2006, 20:57
I do. Nothing but my Bronica.

Adding a Leica within the next 6 months.

no digital

no autofocus

ch1
05-17-2006, 21:04
Sorry to "throw a dirty sock in the punch bowl" so quick but I was shooting with my F3 this evening! :eek:

wlewisiii
05-17-2006, 21:04
Nope. Primarily RF, to be sure, but I have a TLR (Yashica 635) and a Canon FTb-N & a 50/1.4 for it on the way.

William

RML
05-17-2006, 21:07
Well, I can't claim I only shoot rf but 99.99% of my shooting is with rf. The rest is DSLR, mostly to shoot my rf cameras. :)

sf
05-17-2006, 21:17
Well, I can't claim I only shoot rf but 99.99% of my shooting is with rf. The rest is DSLR, mostly to shoot my rf cameras. :)


that's good to hear. I thought you were a digital convert. . . !

Will
05-17-2006, 21:20
RF only.

I do. Nothing but my Bronica.

Adding a Leica within the next 6 months.

no digital

no autofocus

Why not start with a user M3?

sf
05-17-2006, 21:21
RF only.



Why not start with a user M3?


The M3 is definitely one of my possible directions. I like its mechanicalness and its age - far from this age is a good thing.

But, I also like the idea of newer materials on the modern MP and M7. But, I could get an M3 and some really nice glass for the price of an MP alone.

I only shoot an RF because I CAN only shoot an RF. When photowork comes around - which it does occasionally - I need a DSLR. Funny thing is that I sold my DSLR to buy the 100mm for the Bronica, then got three calls this month to shoot. 1 for fashion, one for weddings, and one for general events (prom photos for a school). I had to tell them I'm out of the game for now.

Will
05-17-2006, 21:24
The M3 is definitely one of my possible directions. I like its mechanicalness and its age - far from this age is a good thing.

But, I also like the idea of newer materials on the modern MP and M7. But, I could get an M3 and some really nice glass for the price of an MP alone.

You can get a mint M3 with a mint used Noct for the price of a MP

But we shouldn't encourage you (for now...), LOL :D

anaanda
05-17-2006, 21:33
I have an SLR and a Digital, but don't use them, the digital is for Ebay and stuff like that...
There just is a special appeal and pleasure in shooting with rangefinders. Its an intangible attraction....I guess that is why we are all on this site...no?

Fedzilla_Bob
05-17-2006, 21:43
I use digital, a cache of rangefinders and a couple of SLRs.

mac_wt
05-17-2006, 21:59
Besides my rangefinders, I use a viewfinder Olympus Trip 35 and Horizon 202 and an SLR Mamiya 645.

Wim

Creagerj
05-17-2006, 22:24
I primarily shoot my QL17 or my Kiev 4a. I from time to time use my grandfathers old vivitar 220sl. That is pretty much the only non rangefinder camera I own. If given the opportunity to own the best rangefinder kit ever versus both a practicle RF and SLR kit I would take the latter. There are some applications that an RF just can't do. Actually I guess my kit is pretty practicle, but if I could make it better I would.

c.poulton
05-17-2006, 22:32
I only shoot with rangefinders - I haven’t shot with an SLR for over ten years now!

Duncan Ross
05-17-2006, 22:50
Yes, my main camera is the Kiev and my 'smaller' one is a Prinz. Only non-RFs are the extremes; For long telephoto shots there's the photosniper and I have a bellami that fits in the sporran.

Simon Larbalestier
05-17-2006, 22:54
from another thread came this question in my head...and so i ask...

who here shoots with only rangefinder cameras?

i do, for one.
i own only rangefinders.

(except for my little digicam and i only use that to shoot my rangefinders...)

joe

I do. I had a brief fling with a F3p (superb camera) last year but i sold it and bought another M body.

f/stopblues
05-17-2006, 23:04
The majority of my cameras are non-RF, but the vast majority of my shooiting is RF. Go figure.

oftheherd
05-17-2006, 23:16
Most snapshots are digital. More serious stuff is a mix, depending on what I thnk is best, rf or SLR, MF or 35mm.

RayPA
05-17-2006, 23:26
Primarily, yes. Exclusively, no. I shoot RF, SLR, P&S, and digital mostly (I have a TLR and a 4x5 that haven't seen much use).

:)

RML
05-17-2006, 23:37
that's good to hear. I thought you were a digital convert. . . !

I shoot that 99.9% with the digital R-D1. :p

Dougg
05-17-2006, 23:58
Not exclusively RF; I have a some Pentaxes to feed too. :)

sf
05-18-2006, 00:38
I shoot that 99.9% with the digital R-D1. :p

that's what I thought.

But now you must have at least 0.01% with the ZI.

lightwriter
05-18-2006, 00:54
Exclusively, and never been happier.

rover
05-18-2006, 01:10
Since this in NOT a poll I will NOT add that I shoot with a SLR kit on occation.

chenick
05-18-2006, 01:14
90% RF, now mostly Bessa R3A, but still used Yashica Electro GTN and Olympus 35 SP...
5% SLR (Pentax ME Super, used primarily for a 24mm Vivitar lens) If I ever get my hands on a CV 25mm lens the Pentax will gather more dust)
5% P&S digicam

-Nick

nemjo
05-18-2006, 01:20
When film then RF. Sometimes it's hard to choose, but the Hexar is the winner to me most of the time.

In digital, unfortunately the only cam is out of my budget...

nemjo

telenous
05-18-2006, 01:35
I so want to say yes, only rangefinders, but no. There's the FM3A for casual shooting and a digital Canon P&S to take photos of the other cameras.

RML
05-18-2006, 01:52
that's what I thought.

But now you must have at least 0.01% with the ZI.

So far the ZI is still in its box.
Need to sell that M2 first before I commit myself to the ZI.

So, who wants an _M2_ (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost-classifieds/showproduct.php?product=111)? :D

bmattock
05-18-2006, 02:00
I shoot whatever is appropriate to the situation. If any camera will do, I shoot whatever I find interesting at the moment. Last night, it was a Minolta SRT-102. The night before that, a Canon FTbN. Previous to that, an Olympus EC, and before that, a Zeiss Ikon Contina IIa.

I shoot DSLR to make money to help pay for my kit lust, and I am fiddling around with bits and bobs to make something resembling a 4x5 RF, if I can do it.

I am monogamous to my wife. With my cameras, it's the sultan's harem - whomever's dance pleases me best that day.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

Simon Larbalestier
05-18-2006, 02:06
SNIP: I am monogamous to my wife. With my cameras, it's the sultan's harem - whomever's dance pleases me best that day.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks


Nice one Bill :D

Rich Silfver
05-18-2006, 02:18
I shoot with....

RF's: Leicas and the occasional fixed lens rangefinder, 65%

SLRs: Hasselblad (love this camera) 25%

Digital: Small compact for silly snaps and..photos of cameras.... 10%

sbug
05-18-2006, 03:22
All RF's, all the time. Except, like joe, a small digicam too that sees very little use.

Canonet QL17 G-III
Yashica GS
Nikon S3

I'd add a DSLR to the mix in a heartbeat if I had some funds available.

pesphoto
05-18-2006, 03:25
Mostly rangefinders here once I discovered them. I have recently experimented with an old Rolleiflex and still own my Nikon FM2, but that hasn't seen the light of day is quite a while.

Talisker
05-18-2006, 06:39
About two-thirds rangefinders, one third Pentax SLR outfit at the moment. The SLR obviously for close-up/long lens work, otherwise whatever take the fancy. I have wider lenses for the Bessas than the Pentax, which also contributes to the decision-making process, and, of course, I love my Bronica!

Now I can't decide what to take on holiday to Svalbard in June as I can make an argument for all three outfits!

jano
05-18-2006, 06:45
A few film rf's, a digital slr, and a digital P&S. I enjoy using all of them for fun :)

SteveM(PA)
05-18-2006, 06:47
Aside from the xa, I'm totally LTM, although technically LTM SLR when the Visoflex is mounted :)

markinlondon
05-18-2006, 07:19
100% RF here. M6TTL, occasional Oly XA and an Agfa Isolette III (although that one's uncoupled).

Mark

amateriat
05-18-2006, 09:22
Well, a good 75% of my shooting over the last four+ years has been with my Hexars; the remainder has been a mix: Konica Auto S3 and Ricoh GR1 (both still on the DL as of this writing, but hopefully reapired by mid-summer), Konica Lexio 70, and, bringing up the rear, Olympus OM-2n for the occasional bit of macro work. Nothing digital for the time being.

So, yes, almost all my shooting is RF, or at least non-SLR.


- Barrett

gbremer
05-18-2006, 10:00
I shoot almost exclusively RF now. I have my Nikons to my daughter and I have a digital P&S that I carry when I just want something small enough to go into my pants pocket.

BrianShaw
05-18-2006, 10:03
25% rangefinder. The rest = 35mm and MF SLR (60%), 4x5 view camera (15%).

JeffGreene
05-18-2006, 10:17
80% Digital Rangefinder (RD1)
10% MF Film Rangefinder (Mamiya 6)
10% DSLR (20D)

My Yashicas, 4X5, and Canon Rangefinder have been sitting on the shelf since the RD1 arrived. Still use the Mamiya, love that lens! The 20D is for macro and telephoto work.

Wayne R. Scott
05-18-2006, 10:20
In the past week I have shot with'

Minolta Autocord- 4 rolls
Nikon F3HP- 3 rolls
Yashica GT- 1 roll
Contax IIa -1 roll
Konica Auto S2- 2 rolls
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 - 1 roll
Calumet C-1 8x10- 2 sheets.

So, I guess I am not a very good rff person.

Wayne

trittium
05-18-2006, 11:37
95% rf now
5 % tlr, slr, 4x5

KoNickon
05-18-2006, 12:06
I'm impressed at how many are overwhelmingly or 100% RF shooters. I would have to say that while I am looking always for opportunities to shoot with rangefinders, much of my subjects lately (and ongoing) are niece and nephews playing sports or riding horses or macro shots of flowers. So I use SLRs quite a bit, including medium format. I like to use my TLRs when I can as well. Rangefinders constitute a minority of my photography, though an enjoyable part.

Flinor
05-18-2006, 20:18
My first "real" camera was a Yashica Lynx 1000 then I migrated to SLR's. Twenty years ago when I was stronger my wife and I took a trip abroad. For the two of us I brought three bodies, two LX's and a Super Program all with motor drives and nine, count 'em, nine fast prime lenses. Plus all the other junk that goes in the bag and a tripod. Each day I left more and more behind in the hotel room until I was finally down to one body with a 50 and a 24 in my pocket. When we got home I dug out the old Lynx, had it CLA'd and sold all the Pentax gear. Rangefinder only ever since.

Gary R
05-18-2006, 21:04
Mosly DSLR due to work ( I actually do like my slr though) but I have a Leica that I love to use. I would like to get my hands on a R-D1, if so things might shift the other way.

Ken F.
05-18-2006, 21:18
Hi Joe,

50/50 between the Leica and Hasselblad, love that 6X6 neg!

Cheers,
kf

pvdhaar
05-18-2006, 22:15
About half my shooting is with RF, the other half is dSLR.

MelanieC
05-19-2006, 08:50
I'm probably 80+% RF. Mostly the M3, then the Canonet (since it's become my "color experiment" camera) and then the Olympus 35 SP (because the meter needs a new battery).

I have a TLR I should use more often because I love it, and a D70s I should use more often because it would be ridiculous for it to go obsolete without me ever giving it a good workout.

When I steal my Olympus Stylus Epic back from my mom that will probably become my "in the pocket" camera. Right now that role is filled by the M3, and although I have nearly romantic love for my M3 it's a bit heavy and perhaps a bit too valuable to me to just go into the pocket of my cargo capris and jet.

kshapero
05-19-2006, 09:30
Bessa R3A 90%
Nikkormat FTN 5%
Pentax 750z (Digital) 5%

hjfischer
05-19-2006, 09:32
I take a Nikon SLR with zoom lens on vacations/travel abroad where I don't want to be constantly changing lenses. In my home area I use only my Bessa R2 where I can take more time with each shot. I will say that the Cosina lenses out-perform my SLR lens.

Gid
05-19-2006, 10:28
40% RD-1
25% Bronica RF645
30% M6 or Hexar RF
4.5% Olympus E1
0.5% Canon F1

I'm on a RF film trip at the moment, but in reality I'll just use what takes my fancy. Problem is making the decision. :(

Oh Two
07-14-2006, 11:24
60% Rf
30% Dslr
5% 4x5
5% 6x6

LazyHammock
07-14-2006, 11:29
90% RF
10% MR SLR

Very rarely - Digital (DSLR and P&S)

Nick

w3rk5
07-14-2006, 11:39
i do, for one.
i own only rangefinders.

(except for my little digicam and i only use that to shoot my rangefinders...)

joe
Same here. :) But they're all FSU's.

Magnus
07-14-2006, 11:57
50% Leica M
30% Rolleiflex/Hasselblad
15% Nikon F4
05% Olympus E-1

robin a
07-14-2006, 12:07
All rangefinder, all the time

robert blu
07-14-2006, 12:13
in the last year:

50 % RF (bessa R)
30 % SRL ( FM2 - F100)
20 % polaroid (various model), pinhole, holga, rolleiflex,

learning, trying to learn, to travel light : one camera, one max two lenses !
and wife with another camera ehh ehh !

Zack
07-14-2006, 12:15
50% MF rangefinder FujiGSW690II
50% 4x5 Wista DX

chican
07-14-2006, 12:22
100%, Leica MP, 35mm ASPH !!!:angel: :angel: :angel:

Sparrow
07-14-2006, 12:26
100%
the OM stopped working last year, broke a new/old Rollieflex same day i got it (last weekend)!!

dmr
07-14-2006, 12:44
At the risk of sounding like a heretic here, I don't believe that the rangefinder is the universal hammer for all things that look like a nail. :)

I'm glad I rediscovered the rangefinder. For low light work it beats the SLR hands down in most cases. It's also great as a carry-around general purpose picture taker.

The people who shoot rangefinders also appear to be a special breed. They, as a group, appear to be very much in tune with photography as an art and a craft.

The SLR does have its purpose. I do like the zoom and the WYSIWYG for some work.

And if anybody cares, I don't do digital. :) Never felt the need. :)

Didier
07-14-2006, 12:58
who here shoots with only rangefinder cameras?

Me. Look at my signature, I don't have any other cameras. Was an SLR guy (Konica, Nikon) for over 20 years before I discovered rangefinders.

Didier

PlantedTao
07-14-2006, 13:01
Learned on a GSN - been self taught since picking up the camera...about 3or4 years ago.
Wouldn't know where to begin with a SLR. Digital just dont appeal to me because I work on a computer enough as it is.
80% - Bessa r2
20% - Yashica 124G

Chuck A
07-14-2006, 13:44
I sold my DSLR and I have a Pentax film SLR but, I rarely if ever use it. I shoot a rangefinder 80% and a small digicam about 20% of the time. I have been slowly converting my system to rangefinders only.

DougK
07-14-2006, 13:59
I guess I'll have to be one that bucks the trend. I shoot mostly digital these days, an Olympus C-7070WZ. When I shoot film, I grab my Bessa R, my Fuji Natura, or a TLR. My SLRs seldom see use anymore. I would probably shoot more film if I hadn't sold my GA645; silly decision, that was.

Nachkebia
07-14-2006, 14:02
From now on! yes! only rangefinder! only my lovely ZI!

kshapero
07-14-2006, 14:05
Lately 98% Bessa and 2% digital when I need to send a friend a picture of my Bessa.

back alley
07-14-2006, 14:32
gee, this thread had been asleep for awhile...

still just rangefinders for me.

not that there's anything wrong with slr's, digital or film.
i just don't shoot long or macro anymore so why carry the extra weight and noisy mirror?

joe

Gabriel M.A.
07-14-2006, 15:06
63.58301% rangefinder
22.33887% nonrangefinder
14.07812% the breeze

There may be a +/- 50% margin of error

simonankor
07-14-2006, 15:16
all rangefinders - two bessas, a canon and a FED

AShearer
07-14-2006, 15:30
So far Film = RF Lecia M6 about 25%, Nikon FE 10%

The other 65% Nion D200.

Uncle Bill
07-14-2006, 16:18
I shoot with 35mm manual focus SLR and Rangefinder, the ratios vary.
I'll tell you what I don't shoot with: autofocus and DSLRS.

Bill

dcsang
07-14-2006, 16:21
30% Leica M/LTM
70% DSLR

The DSLR is usually used for event/wedding/portraiture where I'm being paid for or the customer wants things back pronto.

The Leicas are strictly for ME and ME only :D and that's the way I like it :)

Dave

jcee
07-14-2006, 16:38
For work, DSLR.
For hobby, Bessa R2.
Occasionally for hobby, Yashica-mat.
To take pictures of my RF gear or in any kind of potentially dangerous place (i.e. canoe, boat), point & shoot digicam.

Bessa gets about 90% of use. :)

nomade
07-15-2006, 03:31
I only use RFs, that's my inventory, and eversicne is tarted using these cameras, i stopped using my automatic cannon..

Diomedes
07-15-2006, 04:01
50% RF - Yashica 35GTN or Zorki
50% SLR - Exakta

I've purchased a Zorki-6 and Iskra-1 6x4.5 recently, so percentage of my RF photography will probably increase :rolleyes:

jonasv
07-15-2006, 04:08
Bessa rangefinders, FSU rangefinders, fixed-lens rangefinders, Nikon SLR's, Pentacon Six MF SLR, Diacord TLR, ... Sorry :(

c.poulton
07-15-2006, 04:50
100% Rangefinder - it's all I have owned for the past 10 years.

Peter
07-15-2006, 05:07
100% Voigtlander Bessa R2 and R2A!

egpj
07-15-2006, 05:29
95% rangefinder and 5% SLR.

anabasis
07-25-2006, 12:18
I have just recently found RF's again. I shoot mostly DSLR's as they are the best tool for wildlife and sports. That being said, the RF's are superior for street shooting and when I want to go light.

JCA

manfromh
08-25-2006, 02:03
I have 2 rangefinders, but i haven used them yet. So currently its 100% SLR

Stephanie Brim
08-25-2006, 02:04
Right now...yep, only rangefinders. If I could...I'd be shooting ONE TLR and rangefinders. :)

GeneW
08-25-2006, 02:41
I like rangefinder cams and use them a lot. I also like SLR's, TLR's, and digital and use whatever seems appropriate at the time. I like different kinds of food too -- wouldn't care to restrict myself when it comes to cuisine or cameras :)

Gene

colyn
08-25-2006, 02:46
For the most part I use rangefinder cameras but I do own a Minolta XD-11 and XE-7 that get used when the need arises..
I started my love of cameras with a Leica IIIa with Summar and have used rf cameras since.

thafred
08-25-2006, 04:04
I use only rangefinders for everyday shooting not counting the few times when I use my non RF (but close relative) cameras...a minox 35 and a Rodenstock Folder (oh..and my digi p&s for pictures of the equipment ;) )....no SLR/TLR in my Arsenal. (thou IŽd like to add an ARAX 6x6 sometime in the future as my SLR)

robin a
08-25-2006, 04:45
8-25 Rangefinders only,Fed2 d&e.My faithful Spotmatic F,is now in the hands of my son so he can learn photography.He has a Fed2d also that he likes to use.Makes him think,a good thing.

Magus
10-16-2006, 02:23
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Bike Tourist
10-16-2006, 03:40
I'd be 100% rangefinder — I have an M6 and an M7 — except they use film and some stock agencies have a problem accepting images scanned from film — so I shoot a Sony A100 a lot for stock images.

My problem would be solved by getting a digital rangefinder, say, an M8.

Fat chance!

Bryce
10-16-2006, 03:45
70 percent rangefinder, 60 percent medium format, 90 percent B+W, 50 percent tripod bound, 40 percent artificial lighting, 5 percent digital.
I also use a Mamiya TLR and Pentax K stuff.

Nachkebia
10-16-2006, 03:46
I am selling my 35mm film equipment (Nikon FM3a and F6) I will be rangefinder only film :) for digital I have D200 and alot of nikon lenses

Didier
10-16-2006, 04:31
...and so i ask... who here shoots with only rangefinder cameras?

In the past few years, I' used RF's only. A digital (R-D1) was added this year. The digicam was used by wife & kids only.

But now comes the BUT - or better said, the avowal :) :
I have still kept a Nikon F-301 all the years, which stayed unused in a bag; and now I've found a very, very cheap f8/500mm tele in T2/Nikon mount at the flea market, recently. I bought it for one purpose only: will use it in the mountains; to shoot deers, capricorns, chamois, eagles, lammergeiers, and if I'm lucky, lynxes. Especially my kids are looking forward to that, because we've seen all those animals many times during our long alpine hikes. I know it'll take a lot of practise (and carry a lot including at least a monopod) to get pleasing results.

I hope the RFF fellows do forgive my bit on the side...

Didier

nico
10-16-2006, 04:44
I shoot 100% rangefinder now, but for wild animals a srl is better (i don't shot animals often but I'll do it again soon using nikon F55+Nikkor 70/300 ... ehm ... bought before rf addiction)
bye
nico

Kin Lau
10-16-2006, 04:56
Heheh... Joe used to only own rangefinders :D

from another thread came this question in my head...and so i ask...

who here shoots with only rangefinder cameras?

i do, for one.
i own only rangefinders.

(except for my little digicam and i only use that to shoot my rangefinders...)

joe

back alley
10-16-2006, 05:09
times have changed...again!

Nachkebia
10-16-2006, 05:12
back alley : Btw I have payed for AD in classified and I have paid for premium membership but either my AD has gone through nor I am premium user :D