Having originally started out with film cameras my interest in photography really peaked with the introduction of digital, and my first digital SLR camera, a Nikon D70 really fuelled my enthusiasm for photography. Before then, I'd been an interested participant to photography but never quite grasped the theory side to make good photos, indeed I'm still learning everyday!
Having shot with digital for a number of years now, I'm interested in a return to film and my interest has been piqued by a Rangefinder type of camera. The Rangefinder style of camera's were first introduced in the 1930's and became particularly popular in the 1960's and 1970's before the Single lens reflex type camera system (SLR) took over the popular way photographers shot images.
The basic principle of the rangefinder system is to show two images of the same subject within the viewfinder, with one moving when a calibrated wheel moves. When the images come together the image is sharply in focus and provides for a correct image.
Original Rangefinder cameras offered a selection of interchangeable lenses, however those manufactured by companies such as Canon, Nikon, Yashica and Ricoh often came with a 35mm lens capable of very clean, good quality results. These can still be found today in the second hand market and with a little love and attention provide superb results for the film photographer, often rivalling those of the digital variety.
It's a little project I'm interested to pursue to help with my digital photography. I'll keep you posted as to how I get on - and if your Mom or Dad has one popped away in a cupboard somewhere and they're not wanting it, I'm always open to making offers if you don't fancy joining me for this project!