Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/04/01

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Subject: [Leica] Leica is buying the Epson R-D1 technology!
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Thu Apr 1 06:01:04 2004
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Richard F. Man wrote:

> According to a Lecia web forum, Leica is buying the Epson R-D1 
> technology! They claim that this will allow them to ship the digital M 
> by the year's end, instead of in 2006. They have a crash team adapting 
> their 10 Megapixel full frame sensor to the R-D1 body and release it as 
> Leica R-D1 by Photokina. The team that was working on the original Leica 
> Digital M will continue to work on R-D2, that uses the Leica M7 body 
> instead o the modified Voigtlander R2. Due to this buyout, Epson will 
> not be releasing the R-D1 as announced :-( Of course we will have a full 
> frame camera instead of the 1.5x crop factor so this is good news indeed.
> Apparently the deal only works because Epson couldn't see how they can 
> sell the R-D1 into this niche market. So instead of just dropping the 
> whole project, they cut their losses and struck a deal with Leica. There 
> are some rumors that Epson bought out the Hermes shares of Leica (30%) 
> at 200% premium to make the transaction appealing to Hermes, but there's 
> no independent confirmation for now.



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