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View Poll Results: Main (predominant) use of your rangefinder camera:
Family pics and everyday camera 407 58.31%
Professional work 77 11.03%
Landscape 247 35.39%
Street 432 61.89%
Don't use rangfinders at all 18 2.58%
Sports 15 2.15%
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Old 10-21-2012   #41
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I never heard of one, theres a NY or Newark Penn Station, but thats about it...
Thank you, that's what I thought too. All I know is Port Authority off 42nd and Grand Central Terminal off Lex. NY Penn Station I typically avoid as it's a circle of confusion however there are some great shoe stores in the area at street level. Geez, I really miss all the independent shoe stores on 8th Street. Now a tourist corporate conglomerate. Oh well, Easy cotton shoes are still available in my old Walker Street neighborhood. Now that's a good thing and a secret rangefinder image haven to boot.
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Sheesh. What a question! and you an Aus'!! Too much time on your hands mate.

There are endless possibilities out there (even if you only photograph kangaroos hopping - but with a RF it will be just the tip of the tail in the frame by the time you press the shutter )

Just get out and do it.
I knew there would be one obligatory reply to tell me to go out and shoot LOL!!!

Are you implying that just because I am down under I should have some extra time on my hands..
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Old 10-21-2012   #43
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I use my RF like camera...
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Old 10-22-2012   #44
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...I'd like to find out how my fellow RFF members use their rangefinder cameras...
...with open eyes and an open mind
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Hell, I just take pictures with it.
Well put.

Mine are easy to carry around and make negatives and files that deliver great prints. Whatever I may be shooting.
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Old 10-22-2012   #46
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I had an assignment today to shoot all houses along a particular canal. And a church, and a bridge named after someone's father. All for a book about him. A bloke from the 1700's. Picking up an autofocus dslr would have made this maybe an easier job, but using my rangefinder today made it just a lot more fun to do. I like the hands-on process of shooting Leica M.
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I use for street photography, landscapes, even my kid's sports events. It is great practice to use a rangefinder at a soccer match!

I occasionally torment my family by taking photos of them, but they do not like it. ;-(

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Hell, I just take pictures with it. I covered photokina with it; I'm working in a series called Second-hand Religion; I illustrate travel pieces with it...

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sometimes I take pictures and to add a lomo effect I occasionally open the baseplate with a film in for a quick second!
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I can't stand street photography but I use mine for everything.
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Except macro and zoom obvs
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It looks like "street" is leading but not by very much, I am glad to see that lots of folks here are using the camera for everyday/family pics, same as myself.
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Old 10-23-2012   #53
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I'm new here, so I hope I didn't miss some kind of obligatory 'introduce yourself' topic

Anyway the poll caught my eye so I voted. Street photography in my case, yes, sorry. I use different cameras, a rangefinder is the only one I really love for street photography. People tend to not take these kinds of cameras too seriously which saves me from the kind of harassment I have endured using other types of cameras on the streets (I suspect being a woman, or a girl as I still see myself, has something to do with this as well, I look much less intimidating so people tend to either come up and talk to me about their own camera and photography stuff or they tend to treat me like crap because I am holding a camera, it's a weird thing)

But, as it's also one of the lighter cameras I own, it's the type of camera I prefer to take with me everywhere, so I take other pictures with it as well of course. Just prefer different types of cameras for different kinds of subjects.
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Everyday use, street, landscape, family & friends, and a small amount of shooting at sports event.

Carry a camera every day and just about everytime it is rangefinder.


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Welcome falleri and thanks to contributing to the poll!!!
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According to the poll, most people don't use rangefinders as professional tools....OR you could interpret it that people who use rangefinders professionaly don't hang around forums...
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According to the poll, most people don't use rangefinders as professional tools....OR you could interpret it that people who use rangefinders professionaly don't hang around forums...
I was a bit surprised about that too. Then again if I look at how I use my cameras objectively, of course they get used for a lot of non professional stuff too. But I tend to use specific cameras for specific subjects.. and I shoot most of the snapshot stuff with my iPhone for example, or my X100. I'd rather not spend too much time and money on those kind of photos too

Then again, what is professional? I work both commercially and autonomous.. My commercial work is mostly digital work, alas. My 'own' work is analog most of the time. Street photography is part of that. I don't earn money with it, and exhibitions usually cost more than they produce, money-wise. I'd still call that professional work, but everyone may have his or her own definitions about that.
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Oh, I looked back at the poll; I didn't choose 'professional work' there as I thought street just fits more, it's really the camera I use for that mostly. But they go together. I might not be the only one.
And I occasionally shoot a landscape with an rf too. And portraits. And my husband. And friends. And a building. But street is dominant, for sure.
Now that I think about it, I don't think I actually took photos of the cats with it.. not yet :0 that is kind of weird, as they're usually the first ones to be used as test subjects whenever I have "a new toy"...
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LOL, I should've offered 'cats' as an option as well...I know my cat is one of my main subjects...(not always a willing subjectif might add)

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Oh, I looked back at the poll; I didn't choose 'professional work' there as I thought street just fits more, it's really the camera I use for that mostly. But they go together. I might not be the only one.
And I occasionally shoot a landscape with an rf too. And portraits. And my husband. And friends. And a building. But street is dominant, for sure.
Now that I think about it, I don't think I actually took photos of the cats with it.. not yet :0 that is kind of weird, as they're usually the first ones to be used as test subjects whenever I have "a new toy"...
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hi I am somewhat new to the forums...
I take my rangefinder everywhere mostly to shoot street and also my family photos.
you could have added dog to the options, I really like taking my dog's pics, she is a born poser. just point a camera at her and she sits down and looks pretty... LOL
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As I use one maybe once a year I vote for "not at all". It's a bit a lie but closest to the truth.
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As I use one maybe once a year I vote for "not at all". It's a bit a lie but closest to the truth.
Same story here.. Used to shoot RF a lot, but over the last two years a mirrorless digital (NEX) gradually took its place.
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Taking photos and keeping me cozy in bed.
Sounds more like an input.
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I love and use My M* cameras on the streets and in my working place or on any assignments on reportage stye shooting. They are ( RFS ) deadly tools in general for documentary work.
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I like candid photography in general. I like street photography but living in the suburbs makes it hard - I generally just like to take pictures of friends or people I see who are interesting. Or dogs.
Grape,

Urban street, urban decay; it's all been done to death, everyone trying to be HCB. I live in the city and when I go to the suburbs I'm amazed at the creepy, Stepford Stuff I see. You're immersed in it! You're lucky, if you'd just see it.

PS - I'm a cat person, but dogs are cool too.
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I carry it around with me —*that's how I use it. I only use SLRs when I want close focusing or really long lenses.
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Forgot to mention that my second Oly 35RC having a stuck shutter is being used as a good looking paper weight.
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I carry a rangefinder around most of the time because for some reason or another a lot of my photographs are in very low light situations.

Rangefinders let me have the best quality photo (From a lens perspective) in a very small sized package, and most importantly cheaper than a modern DSLR getup.

When I'm doing model shots and stuff though I usually break out the DSLR (D70s) and a zoom or tele prime.
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I use mine for street and documentary stuff. The documentary stuff is mostly for my blog, seeing as I'm not actually a photojournalist, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Here is an example of some documentary style stuff: Japanese tea ceremony

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As at least one person has noted, it ain't so good at macro or long range zoom. That is what I keep my slr for, but after that just about anything is game.

Mine is with me a lot so it gets used for anything from family to sports.
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They've just levelled out now!

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It looks like "street" is leading but not by very much, I am glad to see that lots of folks here are using the camera for everyday/family pics, same as myself.
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Except macro and zoom obvs
Why? I've been using my M9 a lot lately for Macro work. Here is a shoot done with my M9 a couple weeks ago.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8...dda804c4_z.jpg
Rose Hips #17 by Zane's Photography, on Flickr

Edit: Not sure why this isn't showing the photo, what has changed?
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BTW, I have an overwhelming urge to say that I normally use my Rangefinders as camera's and that I sometimes use them as paperweights.
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Why? I've been using my M9 a lot lately for Macro work. Here is a shoot done with my M9 a couple weeks ago.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8...dda804c4_z.jpg
Rose Hips #17 by Zane's Photography, on Flickr

Edit: Not sure why this isn't showing the photo, what has changed?
Well, I don't have any equipment for that. I think a SLR is easier for macro.
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Pretty much everything. That is, family, friends and street.
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I dont know these days I have to get by doing found object photography.

When I used to live in the city and had friends I used it for people.
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