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Laser Rangefinders For Landscape Photography?

thewilliam 12 6.1k
12 Apr 2016 10:24AM
Have other readers noticed that high quality lenses seem to have a shallower depth of field than lesser optics. When an object is in focus, it's clarity and sharpness makes it stand out more clearly.

Modern lenses are getting ever more complicated. The Zeiss Milvus 50mm, successor to the 7 element Planar, is now a Distagon design with roughly twice as many elements.
MGJ 12 372 6
13 Apr 2016 8:56AM
If you want a laser rangefinder, ..........though it is hardly necessary for landscapes.

Plenty of hunting type rangefinders will give you a reading off the mimimum sharpness distance. Typically they will go from 25 to 600-1000m, when a cameras infinity setting will have kicked in.(Leica - excellent, pricey Bushnell - Ok etc. )

Plenty of short range lasers in building suppliers and for estate agents, where they are measuring in feet.

I don't see the problem though. Use AF to focus on the foreground object required to be sharp, and off set the lens accordingly using a manual setting.(a lot cheaper than a rangefinder!)
LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
2 May 2016 9:15AM
Talk to a local estate agent Smile
These days they mostly measure room sizes with a laser that measures in feet and inches.
Nikon make a range of "hunting" lasers that start at 50-100 feet minimum distance, which is often not close enough for HD measurement.
HD tables have a servere limitation.
The standard is from the film era based on a 10x8 inch print viewed at 12-15 inches, with a 1/100 of an edge blur being OK.
Modern digital can do several times better than that. This brings in the issue that HD distance changes when you change the print size, viewing distance or crop the image. Live view zoomed in plus experience is an alternative.

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