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kshapero
07-29-2008, 04:01
You only get three choices on this one. If you could only own one camera, which would it be and why.

Johnmcd
07-29-2008, 04:32
R-D1. I have one. Love using it and it is digital. Will use MF for film and scanning.

Cheers - John

Uwe_Nds
07-29-2008, 04:40
Neither. I am happy with what I have.

Tried the R-D1 and was less than impressed by the image quality compared to our 6 MPix *istDL2.
Don't like the exposure lock button on the back of the ZM as I am left-eyed.

Best regards,
Uwe

wintoid
07-29-2008, 04:41
I've had both and now have neither, using an MP instead. I don't miss the Ikon. I do miss the RD1S.

sebastel
07-29-2008, 05:05
i have both now.
i do not miss the M6.

kshapero
07-29-2008, 05:32
Oh this is kind of fun.

Tuolumne
07-29-2008, 05:52
I have the R-D1. Don't have a ZI but have Leicas and Bessas instead. Somehow, the R-D1 gets the most use!

/T

bennyng
07-29-2008, 06:23
I really like the ZI. It's much more 'usable' over the R-D1, which I also have.

Cheers,

EtoileFinder
07-29-2008, 06:46
I own both, but I can't answer your question, because I can't own only one camera. Different cameras for different uses.

noimmunity
07-29-2008, 07:42
I had both.
Every time it came down to a choice between the two, the answer was always, unequivocally, the ZI.
I sold the RD-1 for that reason. The only time it ever made sense for me was in tandem with the ZI, and even that wasn't reason enough.
The ZI is more fun to use. And film fits my aspirations and needs better.

maddoc
07-29-2008, 08:20
The RD-1(s), had one but sold it because I went back to film...:)

Gid
07-29-2008, 08:39
RD1 because I have one. I don't have time for film.

yanidel
07-29-2008, 09:33
I do not think you can compare them as one is digital and the other not, the underlying question is more film or digital.

android
07-29-2008, 10:52
Very tough choice! I have both and find it tough to choose between them when heading out. The ZI usually gets the vote as it's a wonderful camera to use (viewfinder, full frame for lenses, design & aesthetics, etc).

That said I find that I get better results from the R-D1s (thus far). The sensor resolution (megapixels or whatever) seems to be perfect for this camera - In fact if an R-D2 came along all I'd really want is full frame sensor - keep the resolution and everything else as is please. Oh, plus there's none of the time consuming developing and scanning with the R-D1s.

Tough choice indeed.

kshapero
07-29-2008, 12:34
Very tough choice! I have both and find it tough to choose between them when heading out. The ZI usually gets the vote as it's a wonderful camera to use (viewfinder, full frame for lenses, design & aesthetics, etc).

That said I find that I get better results from the R-D1s (thus far). The sensor resolution (megapixels or whatever) seems to be perfect for this camera - In fact if an R-D2 came along all I'd really want is full frame sensor - keep the resolution and everything else as is please. Oh, plus there's none of the time consuming developing and scanning with the R-D1s.

Tough choice indeed.
I agree 100%.

JonasYip
07-29-2008, 15:10
RD1. I've never used a ZI, but I know that I use my RD1 over my M6TTL and my Hexar RF, so I'm not sure what more a ZI would bring to the party that would change that.

Now, if I had to choose between an up-to-date digital ZI-D or RD2 (say, with a D300 sensor) I'd probably choose the ZI....

j

jmkelly
07-29-2008, 16:47
The R-D1 is getting a lot of use right now, but it's circumstantial. Much as I like what I can do with the R-D1, I still prefer film. If I could keep only one camera it would be the OM-1. If I could keep only one RF it would be the ZI (over the Hexar RF - sorry old girl! - over the M6, over the Bessa R3A). The ZI has AE, that killer VF, and a warranty. 'Nuff said.

Trius
07-29-2008, 17:01
ZI cuz ya cain't put film in da R-D1(s).

35mmdelux
07-29-2008, 17:04
just bought R-D1s to use in conjunction with my Leicas. Nothing will replace my iconic Leicas.

desire
07-31-2008, 04:01
Having used an R-D1s, I am quite happy with it being a Digital RF!

__hh
07-31-2008, 04:02
Based on the caveat that you can only have ONE CAMERA... I'd go for the ZI (although I have the Epson rather than the ZI - purely because I am allowed other film cameras).

One could always digitize film, but not the other way around.

c.poulton
07-31-2008, 04:30
Sorry, if I only had one chance at owning ONE camera, it would have to be an MP!

italy74
07-31-2008, 14:53
Zeiss Ikon for sure. "Death" of RF is still film, in my opinion, and a ZI is definitely a much more attractive camera to own, while - always imho - an Epson RD1 risks to be classified by others like just a new and fancy P/S camera.