6 Megapixels of Pure Gold | Epson R-D1s

My favorite camera came out way back in 2004

Fox Foto Collective
8 min readAug 3, 2023
Shot on Ricoh GRiii 28mm

When talking about the Epson, the question of specs invariably comes up.

This is mostly because many could almost ignore the “pitiful” performance in 2023 in exchange for the other unique charms this camera brings to the table. I say “almost”, because in recent years and months the camera has gained a bit of a cult following and the prices have skyrocketed into the $1500–2500 price range. I doubt most people could overlook the poor performance and the increased price simultaneously.

My first shot ever with the Epson, a cold wintery day. | Eastern Hungary

This came partly as a result of the internet making vintage cameras and lenses trendy again. I am guilty of both following and adding to this trend myself, oops.

Why not a Leica M8/M9 ?

Many people would say the camera is entering “Leica’’ territory in pricing and hype. I would lean toward agreeing with them. You could probably find a decent M8 (10mpx APS-H) or a rough M9 (18 mpx full frame) for the same price as a perfect Epson RD1. Both of those cameras would use the same lenses as the Epson and both would boast large lensors and higher…



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