Discovering the Yashica A

The Yashica A is like the VW Beetle or Converse All-Stars of the Twin Lens Reflex world. But like these cheap, low tech and timeless cars and shoes, the Yashica A is simple, fun and effective. A few days ago, my charming wife and I found ourselves with the day off work and nothing pressing […]

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Ahhhh, Soft Release… PART ONE

There’s a certain mystique to shooting on a rangefinder camera.  Some of this mystique is based on factually superior characteristics to other types of cameras.  But some of this mystique is pure hype born out of the exclusivity of the rangefinder user base and clever marketing intended to tap into the often fat wallets of […]

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Add a Focus Knob to Any Lens!

Early Leica rangefinders were so small that focusing their tiny lenses with the conventional thumb and forefinger method was cumbersome.  So Leica came up with a simple, elegant solution, as Leica often does; a focus knob.   Many classic rangefinder lenses have a focus knob to aid in speedy, accurate focusing. The focus knob allows […]

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