To look at the Epson R-D1xG Rangefinder, you wouldn’t know it was a digital camera. That’s because it’s based on the beautiful Leica cameras that make all photographer’s knees turn to barely set jelly.
What Epson did four years ago was to offer their first crack at it, the R-D1, for considerably less than the second mortgage taking original incarnations by Leica which go for around £3,000 second hand.
The R-D1xG isn’t a hell of a lot different. Epson has added SDHC card support, suped-up the EDiART image processor and embiggened the LCD to 2.5-inches, but it’s still got the same 6-megapixel CCD sensor, RAW and JPEG support and the lovely, lovely, L and M Leicia glassware. I presume it comes with one – at least I bloody hope so.
It’ll be available from 9th April and will cost, well, a lot, but not as much as a Leica. Sorry, no proper figure yet.
(via Akihabara News and Engadget)