Using a built-in window as well as the viewfinder, a rangefinder camera doesn't show the scene you are going to photograph, it shows you what your eye can see; this makes composing a photo much more interesting as the rangefinder camera viewfinder generally has an internal framed surround for the specific lens being used, say a 35mm or 50mm etc, but you can still see the wider picture. It is a much more rudimentary way of taking photographs, but incredibly satisfying as the camera viewfinder generally uses a double ghost image, or cross hairs, that require lining up, to make sure the image is in focus. The rangefinder camera is great for black and white photography, when using red or yellow filters, as the image you see remains unaffected by the colour cast, or when using slow aperture lenses where light input can be low. However, the best advantages of the rangefinder style of camera, is smaller lenses, as they are usually much slimmer than the standard camera lens, so great for travelling.
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