Final November, we wrote about 30 in-box Epson R-D1s digital rangefinders that have been uncovered in a warehouse. When Epson found the outdated cameras, they introduced a contest for devoted Epson followers to win an opportunity to buy one of many discovered cameras for the price of refurbishing (round $18). Epson has now unveiled one other thrilling tidbit for followers of the defunct digital camera division at Epson, a take a look at the Epson R-D1s successor that by no means made it to market.
The digital camera was unveiled as a part of a web-based fan fest referred to as the ‘Epson R-D1 Final Appreciation Occasion.’ The occasion was held as considered one of many occasions Epson has introduced or held since discovering the 30 outdated R-D1s cameras. The latest occasion was live-streamed, and sadly, a replay will not be uploaded till March. Nevertheless, fortunate for us, many screenshots from the presentation have made their manner on-line.
It is fascinating to be taught that the Epson R-D1x wasn’t supposed to be the ultimate Epson rangefinder digital camera. The rangefinder was formally discontinued in 2014. Then once more, I suppose it is uncommon for a corporation to know when its remaining digital camera has been launched on the time. You all the time hope for achievement, even when there are causes to not count on it. The successor to the R-D1s seems surprisingly completely different. Epson’s engineers have been definitely bold.
Improvement work on the R-D1 sequence successor started in earnest in 2010. Nevertheless, regardless of attending to the prototype stage, the undertaking was canceled because of a shrinking digital digital camera market and declining R-D1x gross sales.
The successor was going to characteristic an digital viewfinder, which is sort of stunning for the time. Regardless of being over a decade outdated, the design would not look misplaced right now. It options a big rear show and a timeless design. It seems good.
It is neat to see a behind-the-scenes take a look at digital camera design and get a glimpse at a digital camera that by no means was. It is a disgrace that the Epson rangefinder sequence got here to an finish. Nonetheless, it is good that in 2022, the Epson R-D1 sequence is getting one other second within the solar and its followers one other likelihood to come back collectively and have fun an vital a part of photographic historical past.