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Old 04-25-2012   #51
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I'd never heard of the RD-1 until yesterday - it looks pretty cool!

By the sound of things it is a real rangefinder rather than those Fuji pretenders.

Them's fightin' words .... I hear thundering Fuji hooves in the distance!
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Now that you mention it ... when was the last time the Cool Wall was featured on Top Gear? Feels like ages ...

A 'cool wall' would be a fun thing here ... we could have a poll occasionally to decide what should be on it. I wonder how you'd implement something like that?
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... all well and good but would it impress Kristin Scott Thomas?

... when it came out there was a lot of detractors here on the interweb, it seemed to offend quite a few groups, and there was already an established bunch of Cosina critics who were ready to bash anything out of Nakano. Yet here we are years later and even Leica can't make a digi-camera with a winder and an instrument panel off an Alvis
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... to that quirky but fascinating analog display on top of the camera.
Like I said before, the person who came up with the logarithmic pictures left display should win the Nobel prize for camera design. It's both beautiful and extremely functional. That idea should definitely be used in a future product, too.


Hey, how many shots do you have left?

R-D1 user: Enough to last me for two days, I think.
Any other digital camera user: How many exactly? I've gotta know exactly. I've still got 327.
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R-D1 user: Almost a roll.
Any other digital camera user: Whaddaya mean? I've got 28 now.
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R-D1 user: Ten. Now we start counting 'em.
Any other digital camera user: Yeah, yeah, 10. I was counting all the way down from 999. I feel dizzy.
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By the sound of things it is a real rangefinder rather than those Fuji pretenders.
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Them's fightin' words .... I hear thundering Fuji hooves in the distance!
was it Shakespeare who said "I say there is no darkness but ignorance."
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was it Shakespeare who said "I say there is no darkness but ignorance."
... and "A picture, sir. when comes your book forth?"
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The coolest digital camera ever. We need to start a bag thread for it.

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... all well and good but would it impress Kristin Scott Thomas?

I still get ...... well never mind, when I remember her in 'Four Weddings And A Funeral!'

Gorgeous, gorgeous woman!
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I still get ...... well never mind, when I remember her in 'Four Weddings And A Funeral!'

Gorgeous, gorgeous woman!
... yep, I just looked at google-image for a photo of her with a camera ... but got distracted
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I finally managed to take a couple of pics with the Nokton on the camera.






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maybe we should start a small petition
to epson/cosina to continue the r-d1
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I finally managed to take a couple of pics with the Nokton on the camera.


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True!! I always prefered it to my M8.
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I sold my R-D1 in 2008 or 2009 - I bought it new as soon as they were available in the UK (late 2004 / very early 2005). I regretted selling it. So, as of a week last Monday, I have another, bought from an RFFer, in fantastic condition. Happily been shooting with it since - with a CV 35 2.5 P1. Whilst I appreciate that if you need to print really big, then 6MP is probably too little, I do have a two feet wide print on my wall that is perfectly good as well as several 15x10s. This is a seriously cool camera and a pleasure to use.
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I'd never heard of the RD-1 until yesterday - it looks pretty cool!

By the sound of things it is a real rangefinder rather than those Fuji pretenders.
Fujifilm never claimed its cameras are rangefinders... misinformed RFF members and reviewers did.
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I don't know about the range-finder renascence, but we seem to have a RD1 renascence ... perhaps if we can't get Joanna Lumley to lobby on it's resurrection then an approach to Kristin Scott Thomas to go see Mr K would be a cool idea
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I don't know about the range-finder renascence, but we seem to have a RD1 renascence ... perhaps if we can't get Joanna Lumley to lobby on it's resurrection then an approach to Kristin Scott Thomas to go see Mr K would be a cool idea

I'm thinking Joanna Lumley ... she does 'crazy' better IMO!
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Keith I forget whether you have v1 or v2 of that Nokton, but the optional LH-whatever hood for v1 makes it sit perfectly level on the R-D1.

Someone mentioned plastic. The only plastic on mine is the little battery flap. Not much paint left on my camera. It is magnesium alloy that shines up nice ... the lcd housing, every switch and button (except I think for the exposure lock button), as well as the brass hotshoe. The inner post of the rewind knob is brass also.

Does anyone remember when it was released...$2999. Nobody could wrap their heads around such an expensive camera here being talked about (these were the days of $30 J3's). It changed the landscape here, lots of dollars all of the sudden being thrown around. I don't think I ever wanted anything so desperately. I partially blame the Josh Root pictorial (that Tom A. was a part of) posted on photo.net. Loved those colors! Then a year or so later, Epson sold r-d1 refurbs, for like $1500. That's when I snagged mine. It was like a feeding frenzy. That was such a deal at the time.

For as much of a financial flop the camera was for Epson, I gotta believe there is one sitting on a shelf there somewhere, as a testament to what you can get done if you have a passion for something, and manage to get your elegant pet project green lighted, in a world of beige boxes.
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You will not regret to own this camera. 5 months ago,I sold my Leica M9 and keep shooting films. Few months later I got a Rd-1s finally to fit my digital use. Personally,I will not go back to M9 again...
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I'm thinking Joanna Lumley ... she does 'crazy' better IMO!
Yes, that and the big knife thing ... oh, and a few battalions of Gurkhas as a tactical reserve may convince Mr K to do the right thing
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You will not regret to own this camera. 5 months ago,I sold my Leica M9 and keep shooting films. Few months later I got a Rd-1s finally to fit my digital use. Personally,I will not go back to M9 again...
Kevin, yes I remember. After you did this, my GAS for the M9 subsided. I'm happy with my R-D1 and my lenses.

I'm now concentrating on post processing to extract every drop of goodness from that 6mp....far more productive and interesting than GAS!
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Haha! Cheers.

Use the extra money to buy some lens would be better. : )

Looking forward your nice pictures.

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Kevin, yes I remember. After you did this, my GAS for the M9 subsided. I'm happy with my R-D1 and my lenses.

I'm now concentrating on post processing to extract every drop of goodness from that 6mp....far more productive and interesting than GAS!
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Mine's had my black 35mm f1.2 Nokton on it since I got it ... and that looks sexy!
That's the lens that was constantly mounted on my R-D1s... Except for a couple of the B&W photos, all of the images in THIS GALLERY were taken with that combo.
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I will tend to agree to the cool statement of the epson, I like especially for the analogue indicators, its just brilliant.
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