Vintage rangefinder cameras.
The first rangefinder camera was one of Kodak's prolific roll film folding cameras. With the film loaded there was no means to have a ground glass screen so the a rangefinder was incorporated to allow critical focus to be judged. Having the rangefinder coupled to the focus allowed the photographer to compose the image, focus and release the shutter in short order, giving photography an immediacy hitherto impossible. Despite this, it wasn't until the mid 1930s that the rangefinder camera really caught on. Separate rangefinders were popular as accessories too, but as they weren't built in, are not included here.
Rangefinder cameras in the LICM collection are listed here in date order, starting with the oldest.
|Leitz, Leica II, 35mm Rangefinder Camera, 1938|
|Ensign Auto-range 220 Folding 120 roll film camera, c1939|
|Leitz, Leica IIIA, 35mm Rangefinder Camera, 1939|
|Argus C3 (aka - the Brick), 35mm rangefinder camera, c1939+|
|Kodak 35, 35mm rangefinder camera, c1940|
|FED 1, "Commander" 35mm Rangefinder, c1940s|
|Ensign Commando Folding 120 roll film camera, c1945|
|Bolsey B, 35mm coupled rangefinder camera, c1947|
|Bolsey B2, 35mm coupled rangefinder camera, c1949|
|KMZ Zorki 1 type C, 35mm rangefinder camera, c1951|
|Balda, Super Baldina 35mm rangefinder camera, c1955|
|Kiev Arsenal Kiev4M, 35mm rangefinder camera, c1958|
|FED 3, 35mm Rangefinder Camera, c1963|
|Zeiss Ikon, Contessa LBE 35mm rangefinder camera, c1965|
|Voigtländer Vitoret DR, 35mm rangefinder camera, c1965|
|KMZ Zorki 4, 35mm rangefinder camera, c1970|
|KMZ Zorki 4K, 35mm rangefinder camera, c1975|
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