Epson sees a possibility for a new R-D1 digital rangefinder

Epson R-D1

Epson R-D1

In an interview with AP, Rob Clark (executive director of Epson Europe Marketing Division) stated that Epson is working on various new digital camera technologies that could bring a new version of the R-D1. The exact quote was: "whether we come out with another version of the R-D1 is a possibility".

The Epson R-D1 was the world's first digital rangefinder camera and was introduced back in 2004.

In addition to the AP report, I received some information that a new version of R-D1 is exactly what Epson has in mind and they openly talked about it at a recent photography event.

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  • Axel

    That would be wonderful. I think it was just a little ahead of its time. Putting an M lens on a 4/3 body just ain’t cuttin’ it.

    • hopefully it will be full frame

      • Sloaah

        Probably won’t be, seeing the difficulty Leica had in making the M9. Maybe like the M8, 1.3x crop?

        I also hope they increase the rangefinder base length, it makes a huge difference but seems like a very easy change.

        • stepper

          I don’t think it will survive in todays market if it is anything less than full frame.

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  • Kyle Batson

    What a fantastic idea.

  • Jorgen

    I only just noticed the film advance on the R-D1… 😀

    • stepper

      The film advance was retained in the design to cock the shutter. I’m willing to bet that the new design unfortunately won’t have this feature.

  • bob

    fuji x100

  • It’s about time! Hurry up Epson!

  • Chris Driggett

    I enjoyed this camera when it came out. WIsh they kept it up. Better images then a lot of cameras that day especially low light.

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