I’m actually just posting this photo so I can talk about it on the Rangefinder Forum page for the camera - but while I’m at it, this is my favourite camera at the moment, the Epson R-D1s. Yes, Epson made cameras - in this case, a kind of bastardised Voigtlander Bessa rangefinder with a Leica M-Mount lens fitting, so classic lenses dating back to ~1930 could be used with it, and the sensor from a Nikon D100. They actually came out ahead of the Leica M8, at a time when Leica were claiming that a digital rangefinder was either impossible, or something their buyers wouldn’t want. The hilarious thing is that the Voigtlander shutter required cocking, so you still have to ‘wind on’ with this camera - note the huge thumb lever at left - as well as manually focussing and stopping down the lens.  It’s very old-school manual photography, but with the option to chimp…I love it.  (That’s not to say I don’t want an M9 eventually, of course!)

I’m actually just posting this photo so I can talk about it on the Rangefinder Forum page for the camera - but while I’m at it, this is my favourite camera at the moment, the Epson R-D1s.

Yes, Epson made cameras - in this case, a kind of bastardised Voigtlander Bessa rangefinder with a Leica M-Mount lens fitting, so classic lenses dating back to ~1930 could be used with it, and the sensor from a Nikon D100. They actually came out ahead of the Leica M8, at a time when Leica were claiming that a digital rangefinder was either impossible, or something their buyers wouldn’t want.

The hilarious thing is that the Voigtlander shutter required cocking, so you still have to ‘wind on’ with this camera - note the huge thumb lever at left - as well as manually focussing and stopping down the lens.  It’s very old-school manual photography, but with the option to chimp…I love it.  (That’s not to say I don’t want an M9 eventually, of course!)

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