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[OM] Re: OM size vs small RFs, was Relative costs ...

Subject: [OM] Re: OM size vs small RFs, was Relative costs ...
From: ScottGee1 <scottgee1@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 09:56:07 -0400
". . . the RF trap . . ." LOL!
 In my effort to simplify/optimize my kit, I decided that my personal, carry 
everywhere gear would be film based. To my eye, only dSLRs (not 'Prosumer' 
cams) provide acceptable performance at >ISO 200 and I often find myself 
using 800. So, why not use my dSLR? Too big and complicated! In addition, 
I'm a bit of a Luddite and still like shooting film.
 Earlier this year I picked up a nice used CV R2 outfit. Excellent optical 
quality, but I missed having really close, wide and relatively long options. 
I asked the Rangefinder Forum (terrific group of people BTW) for suggestions 
for 'Which SLR is most like a rangefinder?' The discussion was lively, very 
helpful and led me to OM. As you point out, the size difference is not 
really significant and I find I enjoy using it more than the RF.
 One other consideration was cost. No question that a good RF makes it 
easier to focus a wide angle lens, but really good wide angle lenses can be 
rather expensive. I picked up a very fine OM 24/2.8 from an OM forum member 
for a fair price; an RF alternative would have cost many times more for 
similar performance.
 So, I will likely sell my RF gear and enjoy using the OM kit. I could give 
myself a dope slap for not getting involved sooner. The more I use the 
OM-4T, the more I like it. If a dSLR had that VF, metering logic and 
ergonomics, I'd buy it. In the meantime, I'll use Canon.
 my two cents worth/ScottGee1

 On 4/27/05, Rick Beckrich <rick_beckrich@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> Chris Barker <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> ....I got to thinking: with a 35 or 50 attached, the OM bodes
> are as small as the rangefinders. I write this because I keep lusting
> after a 35mm rangefinder....
> Actually, I started with OMs because they felt so much like the L**** IIIf
> I had been using for years. Recently I've backslid into the RF trap again.
> First with old Russian stuff, than added two CV Bessa (L & R). Rick
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