Choosing the right film for Rangefinders

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Soupy1957's picture
Joined: 06/24/2012
I recently started exploring the world of "Rangefinder" cameras, with the purchse of the Canon Canonet 28 and the Canonet QL 19 GIII. I typically shoot film, and also "typically" have used 400 speed film. I had heard that the Rangefinder "A" (automated setting) works most effectively with a certain ISO speed film. What is the customary recommendation for ISO speed for these automated settings? I will typically (knowing "me" as I do), NOT use the "automated" setting, because I like to have full manual control, but I'm sure that I will shoot a few roles with the automated settings to see how well they function. Your thoughts appreciated, both here, and to my online e-mail (if you wish) "" -Soupy
alex luyckx's picture
alex luyckx (not verified)
Your choice of film really

Your choice of film really does depend on the situation at hand and what look you're trying to go for. So I really don't believe there is a right or wrong film for a rangefinder. I personally use anything between ISO-50 and ISO-400, even up to 800-3200 if the situation demands it.

Terry Christian's picture
Terry Christian
Joined: 01/23/2012
As Alex said, it really

As Alex said, it really depends on your camera and your shooting situation.  What is the choice of speeds on your rangefinder?  My FED-2 only goes up to 1/500 sec.  So, on bright summer days, shooting any slower would mean that my f/stop needs to be small  (f/11 - f/16) and my ISO needs to be less sensitive, like ISO 50 or ISO 100.  If the light is more dim, I could get away with using ISO 400.  If the light is just too bright, the film rather fast, and you want a more open aperture for more shallow depth of field, using a neutral density filter or a colored contrast filter helps to block the extra light.

ludwigvan66's picture
Joined: 07/24/2012
Depends on what your looking for, but my .02?
Alex and Terry pretty much summed it up, but when you just don't know I've found that Kodak Portra 160 has served me well in my 70's rangefinder in most situations. The latitude of that film is amazing, and the lower ISO keeps the camera from having to be near the top end of shutter speeds. I especially like this film in that it converts well to B&W in post better than most color films as well.

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