A rangefinder camera has an optical viewfinder and an optical mechanical system for focusing. Compared to a SLR camera, a rangefinder camera is much more compact, lighter and especially quiet. In addition, the rangefinder camera works perfectly with interchangeable (light-intensified) lenses. This makes viewfinder cameras popular for reporting, travel, wedding and mourning photographers.
Advantages of a rangefinder camera
The focus is very accurate. In addition, the difference between viewer and lens (parallax) is automatically compensated during focusing. The available lenses (almost always with fixed focus) for a rangefinder are of unprecedented quality when it comes to sharpness, contrast and chromatic corrections.
A rangefinder camera has been working the same way since 1954. You are looking through a viewfinder that automatically adjusts the frame to the chosen focal point. The advantage of a rangefinder is that the searcher is always clear regardless of the luminous intensity of the lens. The most famous rangefinder camera is Leica.
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