3. The Leica Rangefinder

Uses and Limitations

I know you really want to get out and start taking photos, but there is still one technical aspect of the Leica M we need to look at. The rangefinder is the single most important element of the Leica-based composition process, so it is essential to take a close look at how it works.

Opinions on the Leica rangefinder are divided: Some see it as a clunky anachronism while others see it as the ultimate photographic tool. Whatever you think, the rangefinder is a masterpiece of mechanical engineering. So how does a rangefinder work? Unlike with a single lens reflex (SLR) camera with which the photographer views the subject directly through the lens by way of a mirror and a pentaprism, a Leica photographer ...

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