Saturday, February 25, 2012

Walk Right In... Sit Right Down!

I just had to post this to further demonstrate the point I was trying to make in my last posting. I couldn't find the original, so I had to use a link to my Flickr. I probably threw this one away because of the "mistakes" - the really bad centering and partly cutting off both of the pillars. This is because the Zorki-4 is a Rangefinder camera, so you don't see "through the lens" like on an SLR / DSLR. The viewfinder is offset from the lens that you have to know how to compensate, and this being a vertical shot, I lost my bearings.

But I ask you - have you ever seen a picture that "invites you in" quite as good as this? Yes, I'm sure you have, but the point I'm making here is that this is a special quality of Rangefinder cameras, that results from the very close proximity of their lenses to the film plane. This simply "just happens" with a Rangefinder, but almost impossible to accomplish with a DSLR. My hope and expectation is that it will also "just happen" with the new breed of large sensor mirrorless (MILC) digital cameras too, which is why I'm steering in that direction.

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