20 Reasons Why You Need a Rangefinder Camera Right Now

Rangefinder cameras were once essential to photographers. But if you’re looking for a camera to start out with that will really, truly teach you the basics and force you to become a bigger part of the image making process, then seriously consider a rangefinder camera. With that said, here are 20 reasons why you should consider one.

  • They’re lightweight, so you can take them with you everywhere

  • You’ll actually want to take them everywhere with you

  • They’re quiet, but they let you know that you’ve taken a photo

  • Some of the best lenses ever made were made for rangefinder cameras

  • They can be had at relatively affordable prices and then be sold on the market for a higher price when the time comes around.

  • They allow a ton of precision when coupled with foresight

  • They force a photographer to be very into the scene in front of them

  • They’re a testament to ergonomics

  • Lots of them are completely mechanical, so they’ll work even without a battery of some sort

  • New and affordable lenses for Leica M mount are being made today

  • The lense can be easily adapted onto another mirrorless camera system

  • They can be used with complete ease on the streets and then with a radio flash mounted in the hot shoe, used in the studio with no problems.

  • Because modern film photography is fantastic

  • Film rangefinders look better with age. So they’re timepieces

  • They’re a truly compact, interchangeable lens camera system in most cases and you can tote around one or two lenses in a bag or jacket pocket in a completely low profile fashion.

  • Very few other systems have f0.95 lenses

  • They’re the ultimate teaching tool for any photographer just getting into it.

  • Rangefinder cameras hold their value for many years, so resale is better later on

  • Lots of them are incredibly reliable

  • Seriously, just try one.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.