Where to rent a rangefinder

Discussion in 'Rangefinder Forum' started by Michael Erb, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Michael Erb

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    Hi,

    I'm wanting to kick the tires on a rangefinder and was hoping to rent one. I don't have enough money for a Leica so I am going to avoid renting an M9. Does anyone know where I might be able to rent a Zeiss Ikon?
     
  2. Dr.Pain-MD

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    Are you serious? You want to get a Zeiss Ikon, but say that you can't afford a Leica? You can easily get a number of M bodies for much less than the Ikon. Any M3/M2/M4/M5 will cost you less than the Zeiss, a lot less depending on which one you go for. You can also probably find an M6 for less or about the same price.
     
  3. Richard S. (rich815)

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    If you put your location in your profile we might be able to make some suggestions or maybe even someone near you might let your try theirs.
     
  4. John Austin

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    Not with an opening statement including "kick tyres on a rangefinder" - OP should be shot - And now, bugger waiting for dawn!!
     
  5. Terry Christian

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    If you're completely inexperienced with rangefinders and want to try one, and there are no APUGers near you, why not just buy a more inexpensive model? An Argus C3 can be had for next to nothing, or for under $150 you can get an overhauled FSU rangefinder from Fedka.com.
     
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  7. Michael Erb

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm located in Asheville, NC, USA. I have no rangefinder experience and would really like to look through a finder and try focusing one. I would hate to spend a lot of money only to find out that I'm an SLR shooter after all.
     
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    Yashica Electro 35s are ultra cheap. Come with a nice 45mm 1.7 lens. Can often be had in the neighborhood of 20 bucks. No interchangeable lens, but a nice solid rangefinder they are. I've got a couple of the wee beasties here. If I was close to you, I'd loan you one.
     
  9. BobD

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    You can rent my Argus. It's $20/day or $50/week.
     
  10. LoganCAdams

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    Canon G-IIIQL's are very affordable. In fact, I have one I never use anymore.