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re: [Rollei] Rollei 35 & estimating distance
- Subject: re: [Rollei] Rollei 35 & estimating distance
- From: Godfrey DiGiorgi <ramarren >
- Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 01:33:55 -0700
>I am considering buying a pocket camera, but I have always had trouble
>estimating distances. I used a Minox 35 until I lost it in a cab one day, and
>even though the lens was superb and the meter accurate, I just couldn't focus
>the darn thing well.
>Do you 35 users have any tips on estimating distances?
The basic tip to use f/11 and set the lens by the hyperfocal distances is
fine for average picture taking ... f/11 set to 20' gives you 10' to
infinity, f/11 set to 6' gives you 4' to 9.5'. You can take a lot of
pictures that way and never get a badly focused one.
However, it seems a shame to me if you never take advantage of the Rollei
35S Sonnar lens abilities for available light picture taking and wider
apertures than f/11. I use all kinds of trick to gauge distances:
Learn the size of an average room. Most people's homes and apartments
have a living room which is something like 10' x 15'. Most bedrooms are
9x12 or 10x12 feet. If you look at a car, an average car is approximately
15' long. Measure how long your foot is, your arm, and your stride to use
them as gauges. An average doorway is 2.5' wide.
Getting the measure of common things around you lets you use all of them
as a distance reference. For really close in work, a fabric tape measure