Thursday, 1 October 2009

Riding Together

RD1s, f5.6, 1/2000, ISO 400, JPG b&w

Another picture from the RD1, this time I made sure I focused beter and have also used the out of camera JPG.
The Epson RD1 is a great camera but it attracts a lot of attention from people, like all rangefinders do these days. I am also not too big a fan of the whole manual focus experience and rather use a good, fast and reliable AF system. I am also not a big fan of the 2:3 format and prefer the 4:3 format or 16:9, if I want something wider.
The experience however is great and the manual controls are as they shoud be with a proper manual focus on the lens and not the rubbish dSLR lenses with the video camera focus ring. I wish a manufacturer would start producing proper dSLR lenses with proper mechanical controls on them.


  1. I really love this one. It's still possible to see all details in the dark areas.

  2. I used a combination of the R-D1 and GRDII on trips to Buenos Aires, Paris, and Mexico City in the last 18 months, primarily using a 35mm lens on the Epson for my street photography. I generally shot at F8, with the focus preset around 8 feet. I didn't find the rangefinder attracted inordinate interest in those places. Where the Ricoh was irreplaceable for me was in shots in the metros in those cities; especially in Paris, where so many people in the metro were looking at somce kind of screen anyway (cellphones etc), the GRDII was practically invisible.

  3. Thanks for your comment Robert! The high dynamic range really helps and makes a big difference for this picture.

    Thanks Jack! This is very interesting, I find that especially in London you attract quite a lot of attention using cameras whch stand out from the usual dSLR and cheap p&s crowd. To be fair, the GRDs with the 40mm lens also atract more attention than they do without it.