Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/11

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Subject: [Leica] OT - Epson R-D1
From: frankandaubrey at (Frank Farmer)
Date: Fri Jun 11 09:31:24 2004


I have a question about the Epson R-D1.  It appears that the frame lines are 
be selected manually by the user a la Voigtlander Bessa-R2.  See photo link

My question is this:  Does the frameline selector engage lines for the 35mm 
or the digital equivilent of the 28, 35, and 50 focal lengths?  For example, 
according to the 
focal length converter on the back of the camera, a 35mm lens with a 50mm 
focal length
equals a 75mm lens after you figure in the conversion factor.  So, what do 
the lines
in the viewfinder show?  50 equivalent or 75 equivalent? I recognize that 
framing with a 
rangefinder is often an approximate science.  But, doesn't the focal length 
conversion factor
further complicate issues with a digital rangefinder?  Especially when one 
must resort to a 
shoe-mount finder that won't match the 42mm designation when you've mounted 
a 28mm 
lens?   Just wondering out loud.  Forgive me if this has come up before.

Go here:  for a link to 
showing the 
converstion table.

Thanks in advance.

Jackson, MS

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