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    Newbie! - Rangefinder question

    Hi!

    I would really like to get hold of a rangefinder, but being new to this I only know of Leica and anything even second hand is well out of my budget.

    Can anyone reccomend and lo-cost alternatives / copies?

    Thanks a lot :-)

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    Kiev-4, Zorki-4, Fed2. The Kiev is a Contax-mount rangefinder and the Zorki and Feds are Leica screwmount rangefinders. You can use these bodies in conjunction with the incredibly large number of FSU lenses there are about.

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    Thanks Stephanie! WHats the quality like?

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    Just google'ed "Rangefinder Cameras" and found these three sites

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...gefinder.shtml
    http://www.cameraquest.com/classics.htm
    http://www.geocities.com/fzorkis/

    There is also the Cosina/Voigtländer Bessa cameras and the fixed lens cameras from Minolta, Canon, Olympus etc of the seventies.
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    If you've never tried a rangefinder before, I suggest something simple. I have a Canonet 28 that works well. Takes mercury batteries, though, but you can get Wein replacements. The battery in the camera is still going now. I'd send it to you for $20 plus shipping. The camera is small and light...shipping wouldn't be too bad.

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    A sort of where are you coming from... photografically question,
    What kind of subjects do you like to shoot ? What focallenghts are you using now ?
    What subjects would you like to shoot ?
    What do you imagine the Rangefinder will do for your photography ?
    I too am thrilled by the rangefinder idea but it is not much I will benefit from it in my photography at this moment.
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    The design and quality control of the Kiev 4 is much better than that of the Zorki's or the FED's. The only drawback to the Kiev is the small selection of lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Koch
    The design and quality control of the Kiev 4 is much better than that of the Zorki's or the FED's. The only drawback to the Kiev is the small selection of lenses.
    Kiev 4 or 4a? Is there any difference between them other than the inclusion of the light meter?

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    I just bought a Yashica T4 for $150. Zeiss lens

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    The are a lot of options for entry level 35mm range finds. Fixed lens units from the 70s and 80s can often time be had for song, many like the Cannon QL have fast lens, auto exposure with override.Yashica made one or two models with fixed 35mm lens. On the collectalbe side Cannon screw mount range finders can still found for at a reasonable price. Kodak Retinas may take some time to get use to, but they are good picture takes, I have a Big C, with the 80mm 50mm and 35mm lens, had it for over 40 years and still a blast. As mentioned by others the Russian and Chinese cameras can be had for little money.

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