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    Hi I am a new Rangfinder Fan

    I have been shooting film for 5 years first with the EOS system, then FD, Nikkor and now I have entered the world of Rangefinder photography. I came into this world on a bittersweet level as I inherited a Leica M3 two-stroke from my dad who passed on recently. With that camera I got a 50/2 collapsable, a 90/4 collapsible and aftermarket 50/1.4 canon screwmount and I picked up a 35/2.5 Cos. Voightlander to round things off. The camera gets used as that is the way he wanted it. The first photo I took with the camera is my dad sitting with mom at the kitchen table, a shot I treasure. The other rangefinder in my bag is a Contax IIIa black dial with a 50/f2 lens from Kiev. The original Sonnar is MIA. I shoot with mostly Ilford Delta 400/100, sometimes Agfa APX and with colour its Fuji Superia all the way.
    Of the two cameras I find the M3 the easier camera to use, however I find shooting with the Contax IIIa addictive. I plan to carry that camera around a lot. I have a Kiev 3 on the way as present from my brother who loves his Warsaw Pact cameras and his Leica screwmounts. I am toying with another rangefinder, most likely Voightlander Bessa R2a, new Leicas are out of my league.



    I still shoot in SLR with a Nikon F, Nikkormat FTn and Canon AE-1 but they don't come out as often.

    Bill
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    Welcome Bill, I think you'll have fun here.

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    That Leica setup is real nice. Now you can think about your father every time you take out the cameras.
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    Thanks, I do every time I hit the shutter

    I think he took pictures of me and my brother with the camera when we were toddlers with it. I only wish Dad were around to see what I am doing with the M3 now.

    Bill
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    I wonder....

    .... why RF are so addictive - I am also a new convert, bought 3 months ago a Bessa R2 with a 35mm lens (OK is not a Leica.... but had some constraints). Now it is nearly the only one going out, especially for B/W. So, why are they so addictive?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinzin
    .... why RF are so addictive - I am also a new convert, bought 3 months ago a Bessa R2 with a 35mm lens (OK is not a Leica.... but had some constraints). Now it is nearly the only one going out, especially for B/W. So, why are they so addictive?...
    Hop on over to: http://www.rangefinderforum.com

    And maybe some one there can explain why they are so addictive.

    Wayne

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    Oh Yes Put Gas on the Fire

    I do want to use my Nikon F and Nikkormat Ftn from time to time as well. I think Rangefinders harken back to bygone era, they are great for street photography and taking discreet shots. I finished off a roll in my Leica M3 test driving a Voightlander 35/2.5 inside a Second Cup ( a Canadian Competitor to Starbucks) in Toronto's Queen St West Neighbourhood west of Bathurst St. There is a lot of shooting opportunities in this part of the city. I guess I will be using the Nikons for landscape/architecture work.

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    Bill: Welcome here, and I second the notion of frequenting rangefinderforum.com; it's a happy place, too. Gene Wilburn (GeneW) is on both of these forums, and lives in Port Credit and is an RF fan; I think you two would have a good time together as he frequents Second Cup and Starbucks on his outings.

    I was just on Queen Street W. on Saturday (I had an Olympus SP with me,) spending a day with my daughter (who lives in Stratford) and son (who is in 3rd year at U of T and lives in the Dupont/Landsdowne area), and even though it rained all day, we had a great time, especially poking around Kensington Market. Stopped in at Albermarle books and bought a book of Anishnaabe stories... it was a pleasant day.

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    Welcome! I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your father.

    You'll find lots of us here who are rangefinder junkies. I have a locker full of Yashicas and former Soviet Union cameras, as well as a Canon Canonet that gets the most use.

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    Welcome to the club... The M3 is all you'll need, unless you want to use WA lenses too frequently... I have mine (a single stroke) since 2000, used it quite a few times, although the size of the negative frustrates me (I get this strange feeling when I print the 35mil negs, like if I had to blow up pictures from post stamps). If I wasn't addicted to my Rolleiflex TLR, I am sure that I would buy a Mamiya RF in order to have the middle format advantage AND the rangefinder ease of use.

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