How Not to Hold a Rangefinder
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ParticipantPosts: 45Cameras, Lenses and Shooting Gearon: July 13, 2023 at 4:06 pm
Throughout the Wes Anderson film Asteroid City, Jason Schwartzman’s character wears a rangefinder camera on a short strap around his neck. Evidently, nobody ever explained to the actor how a rangefinder actually works: see the attached screen grab from a promotional photo for the movie.
The camera has a fictional label, “Müller-Schmid Swiss Mountain Camera,” but the prop actually appears to be a Zeiss Contax III from the 1930s or a postwar Kiev—a clone of the Contax made in Ukraine. I own a Contax II (without the top-mounted light meter) and the corresponding Kiev model, and while I can attest from experience that it’s easy enough to inadvertently cover the rangefinder window, it’s rather obvious that you have done so if you’re really trying to shoot a picture.
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