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.
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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