Originally Posted by Robin Harrison
I'm sure you've all seen it already, but I couldn't find the thread in the Leica M section:
LFI Digital M
Shame those picutures are so small, and there's no picture of the top plate. My initial reaction is that Leica have failed to develop an elegant solution to the controls required for a digital camera. I see four buttons and a four way dial - pretty standard stuff. Seems they are behind Epson in that regard. I thought the revolving (hidden) screen, rewind knob control dial and retro dials were very cool touches.
Roll on February....
Arrrghhh. I hate those 4 way rocker switches. I've had more of those break on cameras then any other part. It all started with my Kodak 280 back in the day.
I, like you, really like he design of the R-D1. The fact that the screen folds in to protect itself is nice. It also looks discreet when it is folded in. Also, the buttons are folded in as well, and the only controls that are visible are the rewind knob, and the on/off switch (in addition to std. shutter/iso dial).
In my mind, this intial design borders on a d-lux2 with an M-Mount. I dunno, I've invested in the R-D1 and will most likely follow up with an R-D2. I like the form factor and interface. I love my MP, but the MD isn't calling out to me just yet. It just doesn't seem to have any magic to it, at least in my mind. It just looks like a p& digital camera with an m-mount.