know several very experienced photographers who have bought an Epson R-D1, and who love it. I’m told of one fine-art photographer who has sold all his Canon DSLR gear in favour of the simplicity of the R-D1 and a few lenses. I can well understand this.
As serious photographers each of us has our own style, needs and preferences. Though I spent decades working with M Leicas, the current Epson / Cosina digital iteration of this breed turns out not to be for me. My reasons why are only partially explained by some of my beefs above, and frankly most of them are minor.
It simply turns out though that even after a period of intensive use and many hundreds of frames, I couldn’t bond with this camera. I had the opportunity to continue to work with it for a longer period, and I have access to other M-mount lenses, but in the end I returned the review sample after a couple of weeks with my thanks, but no regrets.