Nailing focus . . .

Regarding rangefinder focusing, I recently heard someone declare it to be easy, adding “Either the shot is in focus or it isn’t.”

Not true at all, especially with a lens like the 135mm APO-Telyt-M, where there’s a subtle but clear difference between “fairly accurate” and “critically accurate.” For a farsighted person, seeing that tiny patch clearly can be a challenge, even with a correction lens attached. Even the split-image focusing screens used in SLR cameras years ago were easier to use.

With the Visoflex impacting battery life on the M10-R, and with the unadjustable intensity of focus peaking yielding more highlights than I’m accustomed to, I thought it might be time for me to shoehorn myself into becoming a rangefinder purist.

A few shots with the 135mm in bright daylight was all it took for me to realize that the Visoflex is an indispensable tool for me. So, back to riding the power switch when there’s a lag between shots. And adding a third battery to the bag.

With this camera, it’s worth it.

M10-R/135mm APO-Telyt-M