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Someone using the Epson R-D1?

Anyone out there using the digital rangefinder Epson R-D1? Or better the just released EpsonR-D1s? I’d love to have hands on info.

by [a former member] at 2006-03-24 01:43:17 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Phnom Penh , Cambodia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi John,

I went on a workshop with David Alan Harvey in Lisbon two summers ago and there was an R-D1 supplied for people to play with. I know David had his hands on it most of the time though, so I’m sure he’d be able to give you an experienced word or two on it as I think he really liked it. I used to intern at Magnum in their London office so I know you can get hold of him easily.

All the best,

by Sean_Gallagher | 24 Mar 2006 03:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I messed around for a few days with an RD1 and thought is was an OK device.  Image quality is pretty good as is the battery, but it has a pretty loud shutter and the crop factor made it impossible for me to use the focal lengths that I enjoy without purchasing a whole new set of lenses.  Considering the extremely high price, I took a pass.  As an alternative I’ve mostly been using two compacts with similar performance.  The Panasonic DMC-LC1 (same as leica digilux 2) has a 5 megapixel sensor and a 28-90 f/2-2.4 lens.  It is reasonably fast and gets real good battery life and is available for about a third the price of the RD1.  I’ve also been using a Ricoh GR digital.  It’s tiny and has a fixed 28 f/2.4 lens and an 8 megapixel sensor that gives good results up to ISO400.  You might also want to check out the newly announced Panasonic DMC-L1 http://www.dpreview.com/news/0602/06022801panasonicdmcl1handson.asp which is similar to the DMC-LC1 (as mentioned earlier in the post) but offers interchangeable lenses (also made by Leica).  this post is off-topic but i felt strongly that the RD1 was not worth the price considering the competition.  good luck.

by [former member] | 24 Mar 2006 06:03 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
I have used R-D1 for about a year. I love it with the 24mm but when I use the 50, the depth of field is so narrow I get nervous shooting under 5.6 which is very limiting. I enjoy using the camera. I don’t regret buying it, but how much I paid for it ! Looking forward to the Leica MD.

by James Warden | 24 Mar 2006 06:03 (ed. Mar 24 2006) | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→

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