Epson's USA marketing was beyond belief.
3 months after the RD was announced in Japan, Epson USA in Long Beach California had not heard of it.
Epson only authorized 3 or 4 Epson RD dealers - among them B&H and Calumet -- cutting off hundreds of dealers that wanted to sell it from the git go.
Its like the Epson board made the decision to make sure the RD was a marketing failure.
For a short time Epson held the future of Rangefinder Photography in their hands - and completely blew it.
It was rumored Epson and Cosina tried to bring Leica into deal, but Leica did not want to play with others in the digital rangefinder sandbox.