It’s a sad fact that the overwhelming majority of photographers I know have spent hardly a moment with rangefinder cameras. Perhaps I was fortunate to grow up around people who were always into photography and there were rangefinders around, but even if you weren’t, the experience is worth it. There’s something about a rangefinder that seems to connect you more to the scene, to the environment.
That may sound like some strange esoteric comment from a romantic photographer, but I assure you it isn’t. Looking through an SLR, you see what the lens is seeing, and while that has its advantages, it can isolate you a little from your surroundings. Well, a little compared to a rangefinder. When you look through a rangefinder, you see as your eyes would, with everything in focus, and a little frame inside the viewfinder denoting what the boundaries of the photo will be. The space outside that box allows you to see what’s going on just outside it, helping you to get a better context of the photo, and to see what might be happening or coming into frame. These little things make it wonderful for street photography.
It may then explain why to this day, Leica users swear by the type as the best cameras for street photography. Craig Semetko is one such photographer. With a background as a comedy writer and performer, Craig has a strange ability to understand the ironic, and shoot it. Beyond that, Craig is an accomplished photographer who has caught the eye of Leica and had his work displayed at their Leitz Park opening. In this short video, Craig goes over the basics of rangefinder shooting, which hopefully inspires you to try them, even if not a Leica.
If you are interested in the Leica, have a read of our own Jay Cassario’s take on why he chooses it over anything else, even a Nikon D4s. If you haven’t been sold before, that should nudge you in the right direction.
For more on Craig Semetko, do visit his site.
Source: Leica Rumors