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Old 05-17-2005, 06:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got an Epson R-D1, and can't keep the thing out of my hands. I really like the quality of the colors straight out of the camera, and it's compactness and overall "feel" is just great. This unit is truly a pleasure to work with.

As I pack for HTL VI, I am sorely tempted to leave the SLRs behind. For the rangefinder, I have a 50mm f1.4 and a 35mm f2.5 lens. I think there will be a lot of natural light shooting at HTL, and these would work out great.

Easy to travel with, makes nice sharp images, new toy...any good reasons why I should take the Olympus instead?
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Old 05-20-2005, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Addicting little buggers aren't they! I have looked at the R-D1 for quite some time now. I've had a slew of rangerfinders for film (Bessa R1, R2, R3a, and a bunch of classic RF's), and loved to shoot with them. The R-D1 was tempting, but I needed to invest in other equipment for business use, so had to forego the personal toy. But its only a matter of time before I get one.

I would recommend you bring both! The R-D1 is very compact, so why not. That way if you get there and you decided it's not the best tool for that job, you've got a backup plan. Even if its only a SLR body and a favorite general purpose lens, you'll be covered.

If it was me, I'd bring both. I'd shoot one day with the R-D1, and the other day the SLR. Then you can campare the experience between then, as well as the images.
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50mm is really not sufficient for a lot of the shooting that you'll be doing at one of these workshops. Its great for some shots, but on others you reall need something in the 70-200 range to give compression to the photos.
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Bill

I have the Leica DigiLux2 -- and I have the same problem, I want to take it everywhere. The DigiLux was slightly ahead of the R-D1, but I'm happy with my choice. I think you're right -- most of the situations at HTL will work with the 50mm on that body.

Enjoy!
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Something with the DigiLux:
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