As I sit here I am staring at my Canon 7 rangefinder camera. Arguably the most sophisticated non-Leica rangefinder out there and at it’s time of release probably the most feature-rich rangefinder available. It has everything you could possibly want in a camera; built-in light meter, multiple bright lines in the excellent viewfinder, easy film loading, shutter speeds up to 1/1000 and an excellent range of good quality lenses.
Due to all of the above and an opportunity to get one at a reasonable price I bought it late last year.
It arrived and I immediately I found a problem that was not expected from the sellers description. But being a reputable dealer they took it back, did a CLA on it and returned it too me in good shape. It came without a lens but I already had a Jupiter lens with the LTM mount and started shooting a film straight away. The results came back as slightly mixed, some shots were well focused/exposed and some were not. I wasn’t sure whether this was operator error (probably) or an issue with the lens; these Russian lenses are known to sometimes not be exactly correct for all LTM cameras. Also, my particular lens has a very loose aperture ring and it is very very easy to accidentally move it meaning DOF is not what I am expecting and exposure is off.Continue reading “Do I really need this….”