Epson R-D1xG rangefinder camera isn’t for plebes, but is pleasantly knobby

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Before you lose it, I know: this Epson R-D1xG digital rangefinder camera costs three grand. So I’m not saying you should buy it. Nor am I saying that it’s going to be worth the money, especially with a relatively ancient 6-megapixel sensor (albeit a fairly large one).

But it has a manual shutter lever! As Randolph Fritz noted when he suggested we take a look at the R-D1xG, a thumb-cocked shutter saves on battery life, making this a green product.

(Rangefinders aren’t everyday cameras sold to everyday point-and-shooters, but even for a model with a history like the R-D1, that’s a whole lot of money.) [via The Online Photographer]

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45 Responses to Epson R-D1xG rangefinder camera isn’t for plebes, but is pleasantly knobby

  1. James says:

    There are much better cameras than this one for a lot less. Is it worth the price?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    “…A thumb-cocked shutter saves on battery life, making this a green product.”

    Also, the matte black body absorbs more of the sun’s rays than conventional cameras of any other color, making this even more of a “green” product by lowering your heating bill.

    (*&@%#*.

  3. dculberson says:

    Well, it is half the price of the Leica digital rangefinder camera! So in a way, it’s a bargain.

  4. Hamo says:

    It looks like something out of the 80’s

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  6. randwolf says:

    Wow, you ran it. Made my long day. It’s also manual focus–that’s what the rangefinder does–and very quiet. Very old-school. You know what the camera is focused on, since you focused it. Here’s a review of predecessor model at Luminous Landscape, with pictures of cool analog displays and very nice pictures taken with the camera.

    Claud, I’ve never heard of an auto-leveling feature, but it sounds like a great idea. I think it would be really useful for architecture and landscape photographers.

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  10. lol, looks like something out of the 60’s to me… Anyone want to go lower?

  11. top lcd tv says:

    Wow, three grand. Sure is a marvel though. Who needs mushy push buttons and a UI when you can have levers and knobs?

  12. James says:

    The Ricoh GRD2 does have a built-in sensor and indicates when the shot is level or tiled on the LCD. This is great looking cameara.

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  14. Carrie Bright says:

    There are much better cameras than this one for a lot less. This camera doesn’t even look that good as mentioned by a previous poster. Shop around for something better. Baby Gifts Buddy

  15. rak0ribz says:

    I feel compelled to point out that this camera also will accept Leica lenses, no small number of which cost more than $1000. If you already have a bunch of money in nice German glass, this is actually kind of a big deal.

    ‘Course, I take all of my pictures lately on my cameraphone, so I’m really getting a kick out of these replies.

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  19. There are much better cameras than this one for a lot less.

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  22. SimeonW says:

    I just bought a Canon G10 so that I could have some of these features. So far, it is great, although, I wish it had a larger sensor (even one with fewer megapixels). This Epson really looks like the camera I would want, especially if I could afford the additional lenses mentioned by #3. Right now, I am compromising with a Lensmate adapter set, a tele adapter, and some filters. My set up is good, but it feels like a compromise.

  23. Anonymous says:

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  24. vlad says:

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  27. chloevans says:

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  28. LauraLoo says:

    Thanks for this review. I’ve been looking for a new camera. 3 grand does seem like a bit much. I heard the Nikon was a good camera, too.

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  31. claud9999 says:

    #1: shutter *lever*, not shutter level, yah?

    Although as someone who often takes pics off-level, I would love to see a point-and-shoot digital camera with a level (or a high-sensitivity accelerometer and software to indicate when the shot is level.) Is there such a thing? Yeah, I know, you can get one of those levels you attach via a mount…

  32. unluckyXIII says:

    The Ricoh GRD2 does have a built-in sensor and indicates when the shot is level or tiled on the LCD.

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  36. umgrego2 says:

    “manual shutter lever”? Am I understanding this right? you need to pull a lever to snap the photo? Isn’t this a sure-fired way to add blur to your photos? The lever on film cameras was to advance the film. I really must be mis-understanding the point of the lever.

  37. Anonymous says:

    “a thumb-cocked shutter saves on battery life, making this a green product.”

    My 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville with 500 cubic inch Gasso-Thrust engine is therefore also a green product because it has a fully mechanical foot actuated throttle lever as opposed to the electronic types found in current Escalades.

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  41. Kate Henlay says:

    I never knew epson also makes cameras. Go green

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  44. Andy Nonymous says:

    lever?

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