Andrew Fildes wrote:
> To some extent - I've owned both the Epson RD-1s and M8 and had trouble
> focussing well, especially with the M8 (holding it for left eyed use, I
> tended to occlude the RF patch window dammit). The Epson was easier to use.
> But, I've also owned a Contax G1 and loved it - never got to the G2 which had
> a better AF system.
Still trying to get this straight. So the RD-1s and M8 both use classic
mechanical rangefinders for focus - and you had focus troubles with both.
Then the Contax G1 isn't really a rangefinder, in the classic sense, as
it has no mechanical rangefinder and uses electronic AF. You loved using it.
> The advantage with a 4/3rd rangefinder would be live view for wide and tele,
> obviating the need for auxilliary finders. It should work really well as a
> Leica/Contax style AF RF. That's what I'd queue up for, oh yes.
So it appears that you want a high quality digital camera with the form
factor of a rangefinder, interchangeable lenses, AF, a high quality
zooming optical viewfinder (I assume this from the G1) covering
something like 28-135mm eq. and a live view LCD for all focal lengths.
If that's correct, then I have been confused because, although you say
you want a digital rangefinder camera, that is really a misnomer. You
appear to be desiring a rangefinder-like AF camera.
Have I got that part right yet?
If one choses to equate AF with rangefinding, which is a view that may
be argued to be technically true, the problem is that all digicams,
pocket to monster DSLR, are then rangefinders - and confusion reigns
Are you looking for a camera that can also use existing RF lenses? It
would certainly be interesting to use a short register distance and
moving mount and/or sensor (ala Contax) to allow almost any lens with
adapter to have AF.
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