Canon Rangefinder?

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  1. VoidoidRamone

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    I've been casually looking around for a rangefinder lately. I have a full set of Canon FD lenses and wated to know if Canon ever released a rangefinder that will accept these lenses. I figured this would be the easiest and cheapest way for me to get into rangefinders. Thanks for the help. -Grant
     
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    I looked at www.canon.com in their Camera Museum, and no rangefinders there will take FD beyonet mount.
    But if you want to get into rangefinder I will recommend the Voigtländer Bessa R2 with Leica M mount. A sturdy and stable rangefinder that will accept both Voigtländer own lenses as well as the original Leica lenses. The price is quite good and even better for used equipment.


    Click her for Canon's rangefinders

    Click here for Bessa R2
     
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    Thanks for your help. I have been looking at the Bessa R2 for a while. I thought it seemed like a good choice since I can't really afford a Leica yet. Thanks. -Grant
     
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    I am looking at it for the same reason. The house is great. And equipped with a Leica lens you have nearly the quality of Leica (The sound of the shutter is NOT leica, but sharpness is)
     
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    There are adaptors to get FD lenses onto RF's, but how will you focus?

    I have two Canon RF's, a 1950's leica-like and a G-III QL 17. I really like the tiny G-III.

    You can get the fixed-lens G-III for cheap cheap cheap (mine was $35 and works great and is much quieter than an M6). The LTM cameras, rather more $. Pretty good cameras though.
     
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    Not sure what "cheapest and easiest" means in actual dollars. Most of my street shooting is done with a "user" Leica M2. They can be picked up for around $600 or so on ebay. If that is too much money the already mentioned suggestions make sense. If not you can start with Russian lenses with an M adapter which in most cases deliver excellent picture quality and go for around $50. If you like the Leica M and range finder experience you could always move up to C/V lenses or Leica glass. My walking around camera is an M2 with a Canon 35/2 (LTM) and an adapter.