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Today I had the chance to use a rangefinder camera for the first time in my life. A friend of mine borrowed it to me and we both headed to the historic and touristic city of Byblos for testing.

 

The camera is an M9 with a 50mm Summarit f2.5. both in almost perfect shape. My friend walked me through some steps to set the camera up to the way I like, I set it to aperture priority and went with the lowest ISO possible as it was still early afternoon/ golden hour with beautiful light. My first and only concern was focusing, I never thought it was that easy and that within minutes of use it can become too fast too! I kept the lens at it’s minimum aperture to see how well I’ll manage to use the focus system…I never looked back at the screen after the first shot, only periodically I would have a look but it was just to make sure exposure was ok.Here’s the output of today’s RF adventure, to you to judge the novice of me all pics were exported from DNG using LR. no editing.

 

so, what do you think guys? should I consider bringing my XVario a bigger sister?

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Today I had the chance to use a rangefinder camera for the first time in my life. A friend of mine borrowed it to me and we both headed to the historic and touristic city of Byblos for testing.

 

The camera is an M9 with a 50mm Summarit f2.5. both in almost perfect shape. My friend walked me through some steps to set the camera up to the way I like, I set it to aperture priority and went with the lowest ISO possible as it was still early afternoon/ golden hour with beautiful light. My first and only concern was focusing, I never thought it was that easy and that within minutes of use it can become too fast too! I kept the lens at it’s minimum aperture to see how well I’ll manage to use the focus system…I never looked back at the screen after the first shot, only periodically I would have a look but it was just to make sure exposure was ok.Here’s the output of today’s RF adventure, to you to judge the novice of me all pics were exported from DNG using LR. no editing.

 

so, what do you think guys? should I consider bringing my XVario a bigger sister?

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If you can't decide don't do it, don't let somebody else spend your money for you.

 

 

Steve

I guess that you might be in turmoil of which direction to take right now. I use M6's with Summicron optics+ B&W film. I personally prefer film images to digital but certainly digital images allow a different dimension but, maybe shoot some film, if you are unable to process your own film stock then have it processed by the manufacturer. Then look at the question again in, say 12 months and if you still prefer a digital image buy a dedicated body like the Monochrom M if your passion is B&W, alternatively buy a M 240 if you wish to shoot colour as well as B&W.

 

Back to your original point, do I like your first attempts. Basically, no, they are just too sharp and clinical for my taste but I would not say that this is your fault. Digital images tend to be this way and if you like that then that is fine. There is no right answer other than, do the images you have taken speak to your heart or are they just record photographs that will be put in a drawer and forgotten about- Best of luck

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Hi XV - You've answered your own question! Now go out and get one! And for a rangefinder experience on steriods, given your interest in B&W, I would go straight for the MM!

 

MM had always been a dream-camera but unfortunately it's out of my budget for now. The only RF I can consider right now is this M9, I can get it sold to me for 3500 as is lens. I don't know but it look like a good price! I'm keeping the camera for another day or 2 so I can make up my mind.

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If you can't decide don't do it, don't let somebody else spend your money for you.

 

 

Steve

 

Thank you Steve, there's no way I can buy a new RF now, it's this M9 that is being offered at a decent price I guess so that's why I'm considering the possibility based not on funds but on whether the RF experience will appeal to me or not. so far, I'm liking it ;-)

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I guess that you might be in turmoil of which direction to take right now. I use M6's with Summicron optics+ B&W film. I personally prefer film images to digital but certainly digital images allow a different dimension but, maybe shoot some film, if you are unable to process your own film stock then have it processed by the manufacturer. Then look at the question again in, say 12 months and if you still prefer a digital image buy a dedicated body like the Monochrom M if your passion is B&W, alternatively buy a M 240 if you wish to shoot colour as well as B&W.

 

Back to your original point, do I like your first attempts. Basically, no, they are just too sharp and clinical for my taste but I would not say that this is your fault. Digital images tend to be this way and if you like that then that is fine. There is no right answer other than, do the images you have taken speak to your heart or are they just record photographs that will be put in a drawer and forgotten about- Best of luck

 

Kenneth, thanks for that honest feedback, and yes, as you said above, all I wanted to see at that point was my ability to get focus right. So basically, I was like putting myself in a laboratory and pushing my limits to see how well I'll manage to use the RF. I was not sure of anything at that stage, you know, the M9 screen is not good of reviewing images as it's not hi res, so I was clinical yes, but blindly at the time of the shoot, only when I got home I discovered that the CCD sensor produces amazing sharpness if focus is nailed.

The only RF camera I can have or afford at this moment would be this very M9 that is been offered for 3500 with lens or probably, as you mentioned, a film version which I'm considering too.

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Thanks for all of your feedbacks guys. The camera is still with me, I decided to keep for a couple more days and see if this whole RF thing is for me. I'm not considering a new camera purchase at this moment, the maximum I can do at the moment is to buy this M9 which I can buy for 3500 with lens, money wise it's a good deal I guess. Let's see what happen, but so far I do like it and know why RF shooters can't or won't like to shoot with anything else but RF ;-)

The XV will never be dethroned though, she's the one type of camera that can't sit and rest, always with me ;-)

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...Back to your original point, do I like your first attempts. Basically, no, they are just too sharp and clinical for my taste but I would not say that this is your fault. Digital images tend to be this way and if you like that then that is fine. There is no right answer other than, do the images you have taken speak to your heart or are they just record photographs that will be put in a drawer and forgotten about- Best of luck

 

Hi xvarior!

 

I find your pictures great. Imo film would slow you down in terms of progress towards the photography, that only you know which direction you will take it to. The expenses, maybe being a family man and on the other hand not a professional, so not having an income from photography (and at the same time the freedom to enjoy it whichever way you chose) do matter. Please have a look at Graeme Hutton's photos here on the forum, taken with a M8 and a 40mm Summicron-C. The true luxury is the time to photograph and mostly: true talent may be not the pursue to fill drawers with gear.

If it does not need to have a red dot maybe testing a Fujifilm X 100s for two days might be a suggestion. A new camera with full guarantee has its advantages. Looks like Jack Simon and Sigfried Hansen get along fine with nothing more. But it has a 35mm lens, not 50.

Anyway I think you're doing very well and know best yourself how. Carry on :) !

 

Cheers

Simon

 

PS: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/08/20/no-camera-is-perfect-embracing-the-80-principle-in-photography/

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Hi xvarior!

 

I find your pictures great. Imo film would slow you down in terms of progress towards the photography, that only you know which direction you will take it to. The expenses, maybe being a family man and on the other hand not a professional, so not having an income from photography (and at the same time the freedom to enjoy it whichever way you chose) do matter. Please have a look at Graeme Hutton's photos here on the forum, taken with a M8 and a 40mm Summicron-C. The true luxury is the time to photograph and mostly: true talent may be not the pursue to fill drawers with gear.

If it does not need to have a red dot maybe testing a Fujifilm X 100s for two days might be a suggestion. A new camera with full guarantee has its advantages. Looks like Jack Simon and Sigfried Hansen get along fine with nothing more. But it has a 35mm lens, not 50.

Anyway I think you're doing very well and know best yourself how. Carry on :) !

 

Cheers

Simon

 

PS: No Camera is Perfect : Embracing The 80% Principle in Photography

 

Thanks Simon for this input, I'm a pro photographer/videographer and works for ELLE Magazine but also freelance when it's possible. at the mag I can afford ordering any cam or lens I need, we got 2 pro Canon and Nikon DSLRs with the best lenses those 2 companies makes... for my personal use however, I started to feel a bit tiered of DSLRs and got hooked with the XVario, I needed a camera to slow me down a bit, point less and contemplate more... The XVario somehow made that change in me and I've never used my DSLRs unless I need a 200mm or do video. I love rangefinder camera, I like the feel of it, the way it focuses and operates and also the look but buying a decent one with decent lenses had never been possible budget wise until now, this camera has 10000 clicks on it, and as i heard from other members and friends, its a bargain, that's why I'm considering to delve in ;-)

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