Help me take pictures with Dad's 1967 rangefinder camera
February 22, 2012 9:18 AM Subscribe
I've inherited my father's 1967 rangefinder camera. The metering doesn't work anymore. Help me take pictures with it again.
posted by jgwong to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
It's an Olympus 35 LC, with a beautiful f/1.7 lens (yay!). The metering doesn't work anymore as the battery died and, I've read, no replacements are sold. I've read about alternatives or modifications but due to my location (Peru) and priorities those are not options right now.
Reading a bit, there's this idea of using my current digital camera as metering aid. That is, let it calculate the exposure/aperture and use that on the rangefinder.
My digital camera is a Canon Powershot S5 IS. Lens is equivalent to 36-432 mm and it's f/2.7-3.5. Shutter speed range is 15 seconds to 1/3,200.
The Olympus rangefinder is a fixed 42mm f/1.7. Shutter speed range is 1 second to 1/500. It also has bulb mode.
I guess I won't have problems metering in the range of the digital camera, but what if I want to stop to f/1.7? Can calculate the correct shutter speed taking the digital camera's reading as a starting point?