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Old 04-24-2012   #1
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It's true ... The RD-1 is the 'coolest' digital camera ever made!

From the faux film rewind knob that ties in with the various menu functions to that quirky but fascinating analog display on top of the camera. Oh ... and lets not forget the manual 'film adavance' lever for re-cocking the shutter that you can conveniently hook your thumb under while shooting ... and of course the LCD screen that you can flip over to totally deny to the world that you've secumbed to the digital tide!

I showed the RD-1 to a friend who is a semi pro photographer (magazines posters etc) who is generally impressed by nothing in life ... and I mean nothing!!! When I showed him the Epson a week or so ago his reaction was .... "Wow! That is the coolest camera I've seen, now I understand why you bought it!"

If RFF had a 'Cool Wall' ala Top Gear this camera would have to be at the top of it ... surely!
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yeah....i totally agree.
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I do miss my R-D1s.... If there is one thing on my wishlist, it's an R-D2 (no, I'm not trying to start that discussion again)... just give me more than 6mp.
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haha im very happy you are happy with it! Keeper?
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Keith,

I love that you love your Epson....AND Top Gear! I have yet to try the RD-1, but considering how much I love the ergonomics of my Bessas, I can only imagine it's the coolest digi out there right meow. Anyone wanna lend me theirs?
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haha im very happy you are happy with it! Keeper?

Even if I don't use it that often ... for what it cost, why ever sell it?

If it broke I'd probably just keep it so I can admire it and what it actually represents .... the world's first ever digital rangefnder!
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cool, eh?

must be time to sell mine!!
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cool, eh?

must be time to sell mine!!

Don't you dare ... you would hate yourself in the morning and you know it!
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Something about this camera manages to melt even the coldest hearts. Perhaps it is radioactive.
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Yeah..that wind lever is one of the reason im saving for one...

And i think we should have a cool wall ! Sub zero indeed
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i think no other digital camera provokes as many fantastic reactions from other people as the r-d1 does. it's the coolest, period. never parting with mine.
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If RFF had a 'Cool Wall' ala Top Gear this camera would have to be at the top of it ... surely!
I believe it would go something like this:

Seriously Uncool > Uncool > Cool > Zub Zero > Special R-D1 fridge
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They are very cool cameras, but the wind lever is actually why I ended up selling mine. I was switching between an R-D1 and an M4 and the throw effort was different between them, so I was always either overcranking the R-D1 or undercranking the M4. So I eventually sold the R-D1 and got an M8 and that particular problem went away.

I do miss that rotating back, though.
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I can't help but wonder why the Epson didn't sell better at the time it was released?

If the roles had been reversed and the M8 had been the first of the breed with the RD-1 following on at a third or half the price a year or so later with a 10 megapixel 1.3 crop sensor like the Leica's ... it would have decimated Leica sales possibly.
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Been doing research on the RD-1 since this thread started. I guess I've avoided doing so because I knew that I'd want one. I think I'm going to sell my EOS gear to buy one from the flea bay. OH goodness it looks sexy.
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Shoot it like you stole in man!!! And... post some pics
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Ok, I hate you all. Just when I thought I had gotten rid of my GAS for a short while by purchasing an M3 (I missed my old one terribly) you all start this thread! I'm going to be looking at RD-1s all night! I really like the idea of a cool wall. I'm glad that the new Top Gear season has started airing on BBC America, the US version was just embarrassing.

Coolness and user experience aside, how is the IQ?
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Been doing research on the RD-1 since this thread started. I guess I've avoided doing so because I knew that I'd want one. I think I'm going to sell my EOS gear to buy one from the flea bay. OH goodness it looks sexy.

Maybe just to convince you totally a few people could throw in some pics here of their Epsons.

Mine's had my black 35mm f1.2 Nokton on it since I got it ... and that looks sexy!

The other positive about this camera is I adjusted the rangefinder infinity setting yesterday and was amazed at just how easy it was ... happily it fixed the back focus issue I was having.
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Maybe just to convince you totally a few people could throw in some pics here of their Epsons.

Mine's had my black 35mm f1.2 Nokton on it since I got it ... and that looks sexy!

The other positive about this camera is I adjusted the rangefinder infinity setting yesterday and was amazed at just how easy it was ... happily it fixed tha back focus issue that I was having.
Please convince me. My poor Canon 7D has been sitting, unused for over 2 months now. I've got a 10-22mm for it, a 100 2.8, and a 50 1.4...and I haven't put down my Bessa R since I got it. If I had a digital version I'd be in rangefinder heaven. Good grief can you say photographic butterflies?!
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see slight price drop recently with R-D1. maybe it's good time for someone to try an espon now.

Agree with Keith, it's the coolest digital camera ever made.

Or it's not a digital camera, I can M8/9 a digital camera. Epson R-D1 is a real camera as any film cameras, which just replace the film with a digital sensor, all others remain.
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Ok, I hate you all. Just when I thought I had gotten rid of my GAS for a short while by purchasing an M3 (I missed my old one terribly) you all start this thread! I'm going to be looking at RD-1s all night! I really like the idea of a cool wall. I'm glad that the new Top Gear season has started airing on BBC America, the US version was just embarrassing.

Coolness and user experience aside, how is the IQ?

As was the Australian version!

The other RD-1 thread I started when I snaffled the camera out of our classifieds has some fine examples of the camera's excellent IQ.
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Thanks for the link Keith, headed there now. Oh, and I still hate you all for this. (LOL)
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I'd get one if the prices were to ever go down. > $1000 is still too much for me given the age and the specs, and considering 50mm is the closest thing to a 'tele' that I ever shoot.
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I traded my R-D1 for a M8 last week. While I am enjoying with the new M8, I really do miss my R-D1.

I don't regret to trade, but I keep thinking to buy another one in near future. It is truly amazing camera.

The only thing I want for a R-D1 is bigger LCD so I can check my pics immediately.
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It's the threads like these that spread that vicious virus called GAS, shame on you Keith!!! :-) It's equivalent of having a flu, coming to work and coughing in everyone's face....LOL

On another note saw a BRAND NEW R-D1x in the classifieds (Gumtree) the other day, it took all my mental power to stop myself from buying it.
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From the faux film rewind knob that ties in with the various menu functions to that quirky but fascinating analog display on top of the camera. Oh ... and lets not forget the manual 'film adavance' lever for re-cocking the shutter that you can conveniently hook your thumb under while shooting ... and of course the LCD screen that you can flip over to totally deny to the world that you've secumbed to the digital tide!

I showed the RD-1 to a friend who is a semi pro photographer (magazines posters etc) who is generally impressed by nothing in life ... and I mean nothing!!! When I showed him the Epson a week or so ago his reaction was .... "Wow! That is the coolest camera I've seen, now I understand why you bought it!"

If RFF had a 'Cool Wall' ala Top Gear this camera would have to be at the top of it ... surely!
All my friends are always impressed by the "film advance lever" & the "rewind knob" and still can't believe the R-D1 is a digital camera !!
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When I was telling my photographer friend three weeks ago about the Epson, before I actually received it from the seller, he just gave me that look that he'd heard it all before .... another new camera, big deal and I could sense his eyes rolling back in his head!

I remember showing him my D700 when I first got it (he had a D2X) and also receiving the same deadpan response as I have with every camera I've shown him including the Pentax 67ii ... if you can't impress someone with the big Pentax they're not going to be impressed with much in life obviously!

However ... when I turned up with the RD-1 and actually handed it to him so he could have a look, his eyes lit up and he made the comment about it being tres cool and could now see why I bought it!

I must admit the thing is far more solid than I expected and like all rather quirky designs instantly appealing if your into that sort of thing! It's strange because I've had an R3A and R4A and they never really grabbed me, as proficient as they were!
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Resurrection maybe?
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Keith: Single handedly driving up prices on the RD-1 with resurrection thread.
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And I'd just about bet the sheep farm that an RD-1 appears in the classifieds in the next day or so!

Not Joe's hopefully!
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no, not mine...as much as i want to play with the fuji-pro...

there is a shooter from new york who just got an rd1, he goes by d.j. poe and he is great...i now have an inspiration...
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no, not mine...as much as i want to play with the fuji-pro...

there is a shooter from new york who just got an rd1, he goes by d.j. poe and he is great...i now have an inspiration...

I just checked his flickr stream ... he is very good I agree!
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I will have an RD-1 by summer! THANKS GUYS!
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Maybe just to convince you totally a few people could throw in some pics here of their Epsons.

Mine's had my black 35mm f1.2 Nokton on it since I got it ... and that looks sexy!

The other positive about this camera is I adjusted the rangefinder infinity setting yesterday and was amazed at just how easy it was ... happily it fixed the back focus issue I was having.
great idea keith. And the 35 1.2 is great on it. so is a zeiss 25mm for a 36mm fov

Ezzie's custom wooden grip that i got with it. Best grip ever (my dial is slightly off though after bumping the camera hard one day :/ )


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Those wooden grips are really cool. I've tried finding those for sale online but failed miserably. Considered making myself a DIY one... haven't started it yet. If anyone has a light on where to find those, I'd appreciate it!

PS: Adam, your kit looks awesome with that worn out 35/2 and the grip!
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Those wooden grips are really cool. I've tried finding those for sale online but failed miserably. Considered making myself a DIY one... haven't started it yet. If anyone has a light on where to find those, I'd appreciate it!

PS: Adam, your kit looks awesome with that worn out 35/2 and the grip!
Thanks! Contact Ezzie, but I think he made it himself (or a local friend). I can take detailed photos of its simple design if you or anyone else wants to try and replicate it. Dramatically improved handling for me.
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I had it -- liked the dials, and the minimal shutter lag.
Didn't like the crop factor and that the black wore down to reveal plastic. The M8 had better IQ.
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I had it -- liked the dials, and the minimal shutter lag.
Didn't like the crop factor and that the black wore down to reveal plastic. The M8 had better IQ.
At lower ISO, M8 I think does have better IQ. I just like the total package more of the r-d1, some pros to the m8 and some cons.
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