Rangefinder cameras have always had their devotees. They were introduced by Leica in the 1920s and they revolutionised photography: they were small, light, portable, quiet and easy to use; the lenses were compact, accurate and provided good contrast; they had soul. They made possible the sort of photo-journalism that has formed our perception of twentieth-century history. Nowadays, through superceded in the popular market by SLR cameras, there is a sense of history and mystique about rangefinder and direct-vision cameras that still enchants serious photographic enthusiasts. Whether you are about to buy a new camera, wondering how to get the best from one you already own, or reminiscing about the wonderful cameras you have known, keep this book close to hand: it is the guide for users and collectors of rangefinder and direct-vision cameras.- accessories from the everyday to the arcane, from lens shades to tri-lens turrets - - choosing and using focal lengths and speeds - techniques for maximum quality - - ease of use - rangefinder cameras past and present - direct-vision cameras - - formats from sub-miniature to 8 X 10 inches - * Rangefinder cameras still made by Leica, Contax, Fuji and Linhof.