Originally Posted by Ted Striker
Why did they step into the camera industry to show this prowess? Did Epson make cameras any time before? It seems so odd that a company, which to my knowledge had no history with rangefinders, would decide to produce one. And then they dropped it like old news.
Dropped it? They built it through three generations and over 10 years. The 6K sensor was outdated at launch but Epson still used it for 10 years. They were a cult item in Japan, and a somewhat religious experience even in the rest of the world.
Why a rangefinder? Because at launch Leica weren't making a digital. So Epson benefit from the Leica Tax.
And they did (and do) make devices that take digital photos. What do you think a scanner does?
As for the sensor doing all the work, I also have a Pentax K100D and a Pentax *ist D. They have the same sensor. Even the raw from the Epson is better, though the later Pentax can do decent jpgs unlike the earlier. The Epson is earlier than the K100D. The software is great. They proved their point.