My cursor has been hovering over the bid button on a couple of rangefinders recently. A bit daft really when the one I have has only ever seen one film though it during my ownership.
It is a lovely thing to hold – getting on for a kilo of solid metal, glass and vulcanite. Using it can be tricky though. There’s no meter of course and the shutter speed can only be set AFTER the film has been advanced. Doing the reverse can damage the shutter permanently. Winding on is done with a knurled knob rather than a lever, something else that takes some getting used to.
And then there the rangefinder technique that you either get on with or you don’t. The lens focuses smoothly, once you realise the difference between the focus and aperture ring on the lens which are very similar.
Once all that is done, it’s time to fire the shutter and that can be quite an event. Not on a Bronica scale of course, nothing is, but a surprisingly loud, metallic ‘snap’ for such a small body.