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D70FAN
10-25-2004, 03:18 PM
Can anyone explain to me why someone would pay $3000 for this camera?

I've used (film) rangefinders in passing, but never seriously considered buying one, as SLR's always seemed more practical.

Opinions welcomed...

Rhys
10-25-2004, 03:26 PM
Can anyone explain to me why someone would pay $3000 for this camera?

I've used (film) rangefinders in passing, but never seriously considered buying one, as SLR's always seemed more practical.

Opinions welcomed...

But haven't you notice...l It's all about style. It's a funky rip-off of the Leica M4P and it takes real Leica lenses.

It's also manual focus by the look of it so that should save loads of battery power. It's effectively an M4P with digital film.

jamison55
10-25-2004, 06:10 PM
Can anyone explain to me why someone would pay $3000 for this camera?

I've used (film) rangefinders in passing, but never seriously considered buying one, as SLR's always seemed more practical.

Opinions welcomed...

I suspect a lit of folks who already have a large investment in Leica "M" glass (and just one is a large investment), and would like a digital "back".

Like the Leica Digilux, I find the design and the old-school simplicity of the controls quite appealing and the DSLR sized sensor should produce nice pics, but I agree that the price is outrageous.

When I win the Powerball...

D70FAN
10-25-2004, 10:13 PM
I suspect a lit of folks who already have a large investment in Leica "M" glass (and just one is a large investment), and would like a digital "back".

Like the Leica Digilux, I find the design and the old-school simplicity of the controls quite appealing and the DSLR sized sensor should produce nice pics, but I agree that the price is outrageous.

When I win the Powerball...

Thanks for the feedback guys. I thought that I missed the value there somewhere. Nostalgia is getting expensive. I'll wait for the reviews ;)

jamison55
10-26-2004, 12:11 AM
Don't know how much PS has gone into these, but the color and contrast seems amazing...

http://www.pbase.com/kohan/epson&page=all

http://www.pbase.com/kohan/the_epson_rd1_in_vienam&page=all

D70FAN
10-26-2004, 06:03 AM
Don't know how much PS has gone into these, but the color and contrast seems amazing...

http://www.pbase.com/kohan/epson&page=all

http://www.pbase.com/kohan/the_epson_rd1_in_vienam&page=all

Yes. Very Nice, but not really amazing. For $3000, using some of the best lenses in the world, they should be.

I would be willing to bet that given a couple of days to shoot a location, with 3 or 4 top quality fixed focus lenses, a lighting assistant and equipment, anyone could get similar results with any dSLR.

jamison55
10-26-2004, 07:49 AM
True, but it appears to me that the photographer referenced is not using fancy lighting, just the camera and the nice glass.

To your point, though, I have seen similar results from some of Canon's nicest "L" glass on a DReb or a 10D.

Rhys
10-26-2004, 07:53 AM
When I was contemplating a hiking trip in the mountains some years ago, I nearly went and bought a Leica M4P. I like the compact size and the high-quality of the lenses. I never went on that hiking trip nor did I buy the camera but my plan was to have the M4P, 135mm, 50mm and 28mm lenses.

I think the idea of using a digital camera that takes manual focus lenses is very appealing. Roll on the day when I can get a Nikon camera that takes my manual focus lenses and which works properly with them. I'd love a non-af digital FM.