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What is this medium format military rangefinder camera?

I came across pictures of an old photography magazine, that features pictures of a camera that seems to be a Medium Format camera with interchangeable lenses. I am curious to try and identify it, as ...
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Should the aperture ring of a Canonet GIII QL17 have detent stops all the way round?

I'm repairing one, and don't currently have another to compare it with. The aperture ring has detent stops on the A/28/20/14 positions, but through the the f-stops section it rotates continuously, ...
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How does the focusing mechanism on a rangefinder camera work? [duplicate]

How does the focusing mechanism on a rangefinder camera work, optically and mechanically? How is the double image optically produced? How are they opto-mechanically aligned when the lens is focused?
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Were there multiple versions of the Ricoh 500G?

Some years ago, the shutter release button on my wonderful Ricoh 500G suddenly began to jam at the bottom of its travel. I took apart the camera and minutely examined the mechanism; the shaft of the ...
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Why is the market for digital rangefinder cameras so much smaller than it was for film-based rangefinders?

Manufacturers, with the notable exception of Leica, apparently don't consider digital rangefinder cameras to be worth making. Film rangefinders came in quite an array of types and families, from ...
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How is the yellow patch focusing applied in a rangefinder mechanism, and can it be renewed?

What is the yellow patch in a rangefinder made of, and how is it applied? (Maybe other colours are used, but all the ones I've seen have been yellow.) It's clearly extremely delicate, and I've read ...
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Are high end rangefinder lenses better than SLR lenses? Would I notice?

I have been thinking about getting a Nikon Df, one of the factors being the reportedly excellent image quality possible. An alternative would be to get a high-end rangefinder, like the Contax G2. Ken ...
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How would I be able to properly calibrate the Kalart Rangefinder on a Speed Graphic?

The Kalart Rangefinder on my Speed Graphic was out of sync and I tried recalbrating it. However, on this camera it appears that there are two ways to adjust the position of the lens. There appears to ...
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Argus C3 rangefinder camera — no lens ok?

Do you need a lens to take photos with a Argus C3 rangefinder camera?
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What is Parallax error in the context of panorama?

When I googled parallax error a lot of information comes about the rangefinder cameras' viewfinders' parallax error. I also googled "parallax error panorama" but a few information comes. Now I want to ...
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What is the difference between a rangefinder's projected and reflected framelines?

In a rangefinder viewfinder, how do reflected framelines work compared to projected framelines?
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Is there a difference in the image produced from a 50mm rangefinder or slr lens?

Particularly, I am interested in the performance on film for Canon leica thread mount (LTM) 50mm lenses versus their FL/FD SLR lenses, in aperture size 1.2/1.4/1.8. Their performance on full frame ...
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Why do I get a light halo only on sunny exposures using my FED 2?

I recently bought a FED 2 and I got some weird results from my test roll. I've been taking pics in various conditions (inside and outside) and I do get a light halo on sunny outside pics (see below on ...
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Why does my Zorki 4 take blurred pics on infinity focus?

I've recently bought a Zorki 4 and the results I get from my test roll are quite disappointing. I've been calibrating the mirror, adjusting it for both infinity focus and close one (1 meter). Here is ...
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Which fixed lens, 35mm, rangefinders have a brightline finder window? [closed]

I have heard that rangefinders with 3 windows are the highest quality, e.g. Leica. I am interested in fixed lens ones that have the third window for frameline illumination. For example, the Beauty ...
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Why are rangefinders not directly above the lens?

It seems the biggest gripe about rangefinders (vs SLRs) is that your shots are not quite what you see, there is a parallax error due to not seeing through the lens. Which makes me think, if you put ...
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Why does my film advance lever release the shutter when I let it go?

I've recently found my dad's old Aires 35V rangefinder camera that I'd like to try out. The problem is when I let go of the film advance lever it releases the shutter at the same time. So after this ...
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Which of the Konica I, II, III, S, SII, SIIII rangefinder variants have a lifesize (1:1) finder?

I wonder whether anyone knows some historic fact about the konica rangefinder models that predate the auto S sites. As far as I know, the lifesize finder was introduced in the IIIa and IIIm models. ...
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How exactly Is the focus distance of a Leica M lens mechanically transmitted to the body?

Basically speaking, when a camera focuses on something, it focuses on a certain distance. That means everything that is this distance away from the camera will be in focus and sharp in the image. ...
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What are these green numbers on my Canonet’s aperture scale?

There are three green numbers on my Canonet QL19’s aperture scale: The numbers are 28, 20, and 14. What are those?
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Is it possible to do a multiple exposure on an Olympus 35sp? [duplicate]

I am a big fan of double exposures in film photography, and was hoping to try my hand at it. I have an Olympus 35sp and it is an amazing 35mm rangefinder. Like most film cameras, it has a rewind ...
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What camera defect would cause a shot to be exposed on one half of the frame and not the other?

I've posted before about my crazy old Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera that I got recently. After a brief episode with lens repair, I've gotten a few rolls developed, and some of the shots didn't come ...
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Which terms accurately describe the lens mount on a Canon 7?

I've gotten a used Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera from my grandfather. I'm given to understand that it's a reasonably cool old camera, and the 50mm/1.4 lens isn't too shabby either. I am ...
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Why do cameras have mirror system?

I know the differences between a rangefinder and a SLR/DSLR but what is the real reason to put a mirror in front of a lens to reflect light into the viewfinder? It raises lens prooduction price when ...
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How to learn to shoot with the “other” eye?

I have always used the left eye to look at the viewfinder of my dslr. I am right-handed, and wear glasses (even when using the camera, I am rather stronly myopic and relatively mildy astigmatic). I am ...
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How can I distinguish a Canon IIS2 from a Canon IID2?

I have come into possession of a Canon rangefinder but I'm not sure what model it is. On the basis of various clues, including the shutter speeds available and the serial number, I know it is either a ...
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Can I use a Nikon S Mount adapter for a Contax RF Mount lens?

I have a 135mm Zeiss Jena lens with a Contax RF mount which I would like to use on my Fuji X-E1 camera. There are adapters for Contax, combo adapters and adapters for Nikon S. The Contax adapters are ...
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Best film and shutter speed for Mansfield Skylark

My daughter picked up an old Mansfield Skylark camera at a yard sale. Can anyone recommend a film type/speed and shutter speed for overcast daylight conditions? The shutter speeds are simply 'B' ...
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My 4x5's Rangefinder image is shifted horizontally

I have a Busch-Pressman Model D 4x5 camera (1940's I think) with a synchronized Meyer-Opticraft Rangefinder. I have been trying to fine tune the rangefinder in order to make it useable, but there is ...
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Why aren't the electronic bright lines for framing in the X-Pro 1 viewfinder more accurate?

The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 has a viewfinder which can switch between an electronic mode and an optical mode with an electronic overlay. One of the key features of this overlay is a "bright frame" — the ...
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When should I turn on the rangefinder of the D3100?

There is a "set rangefinder on" kind of option in D3100. Are there any special cases when I "should" set the rangefinder on?
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What tripod-ready camera sling-type strap is suitable for rangefinder cameras with two side lugs?

I want to buy straps for a couple cameras, and I'm having trouble finding one that fits my needs. I would prefer a sling type strap across my shoulders, with a sliding component that allows for ...
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What types of rangefinders are there and what are the differences between them?

I have watched videos on YouTube showing the view through the M9 viewfinder, and it appears that only a small window in the middle allows you to focus. However, I once tried out an old Voigtländer ...
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Are there any affordable digital rangefinder cameras?

I was looking at the Leica M9-P and was wondering if there are any affordable cameras of this format. Are the Sony NEX or Olympus PEN of this format? Are there any other interchangeable lens digital ...
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What film rangefinder camera can I buy for a reasonable price?

I'm interested in trying out film photography and I would also love to try out a rangefinder camera as those seem to be perfect for manual focusing in street photography. Now, of course, the ...
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Mounting a Canon EF lens on a Leica M body?

Is it possible to use existing Canon EF lenses with a Leica body with an M mount? I've seen various discussions in the Internet on this combination, but usually the other way round (mounting a Leica ...
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What's the difference between a rangefinder and SLR?

I've seen rangefinder cameras around and idly wondered what the difference was between them and SLR cameras. Are there any advantages rangefinders offer that cannot be reproduced using an SLR?
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Does anyone make filters thin enough for a Voigtländer Bessa III?

Do you know of any manufacturer that makes filters thin enough so that the can stay on the Voigtländer Bessa III even when folded? I would need yellow, red and polarising filter.