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    I saw one of these (can't recall the model details) in a 2nd hand shop
    yesterday. Are they of any significance, photographically speaking?

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    Dallas D <com> wrote:
    : I saw one of these (can't recall the model details) in a 2nd hand shop
    : yesterday. Are they of any significance, photographically speaking?

    The 35mm Yashica rangerfinder that I have and use is the GSN electro.
    It's a fun camera with a good lens and accurate meter.

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    Steven Gandy has a lot of information on these cameras on his Cameraquest
    Web Site.

    I picked up a Canonet QL19 rangefinder, based on his recommendations, but
    have been disappointed.

    1: I feel uncomfortable matching the images in a rangefinder. It is not at
    all like seeing the image come into focus on my Pentaxes. The prism finder
    is very precise, and when the image is even the slightest bit out of focus,
    it breaks up into little dots. There is no doubt whatsoever about the focus
    with my SLRs.

    2: I feel uncomfortable about the edge lines in the rangefinder. It's not
    the same kind of experience as I get with my SLRs. I really do like the
    fact that I can see exactly what my lens sees, and I spend a lot of time
    looking at the edges of my viewfinder, to be sure that I include all of what
    I want--and ONLY what I want--in the frame. That degree of precision is not
    there in the rangefinder camera.

    On the plus side, I do like the smaller size and the quiet Copal shutter.
    Still, I am beginning to realize that my style is better-suited to SLRs
    rather than to rangefinders. I crave that feeling of being completely in
    control, and the sense that I get from the rangefinder is not as reassuring
    as that which I get from an SLR. Personal preference. Others may have a
    different viewpoint.

    Still, I am glad that I discovered how I feel about rangefinders without
    having spent a lot of money on a Leica or a G2. So, I am not at all unhappy
    over having bought the QL19, but I don't think I'll be using it much.

    Just my 2-cents' worth . . .


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    Here is the link to Steve Gandy's information page on these rangefinder
    models from the 70s:

    http://www.cameraquest.com/com35s.htm


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