Using the classic Epson RD-1 by Gus Adi Gunawan Go
Hi Steve! Greetings from Brisbane, Australia! First of all, awesome addictive website! I visit it everyday to see what updates you have for us all to read. What I love the most about your website is your generosity in hosting your reader experiences and post them as daily inspirations. It definitely makes your website unique and highly enjoyable to read.
I have been using many different digital cameras starting from a simple Sony point and shoot in 2005, then moving on to a canon S90, then to a dslr, and then to a mirrorless . I have always been curious about range finders ever since I stumbled upon your website a couple of years ago. You have made me (and million other readers) a huge fan of Leica M9, a camera that I can never afford/justify to get one (at least for now). But the pictures you took with your Leica gear are insanely surreal and your description of how enjoyable using a range finder camera always makes me want to buy one myself. I decided to hunt down an affordable digital range finder and I found your Epson R-D1 camera article that you wrote some time ago. After a bit more research I was convinced and I managed to buy a second-hand R-D1s sold together with a Voigtlander 35mm 2.5 color skopar on eBay. It was a last-minute buy that I initially regretted but after holding the camera in my hand feeling how solid and retro it feels I immediately fell in love with it. I didn’t actually use the camera all that much initially and it just sat idle in my dry box for a couple of months and I occasionally took it out to take pictures of stuff in my house.
Since I rarely use the camera my confidence in bringing the camera as the only camera for a holiday was a bit low. But I decided I have to try my best to learn as I use it and hopefully it will become a second nature for me. Luckily, I get used to it after a couple of days and managed to take pretty decent pictures with it. I love how you can access all the camera basic functions from the top plate buttons. I learned to use the exposure compensation dial/ISO dial quite effectively and I find manual focusing enjoyable.
The camera ISO performance was really decent and I am happy with ISO 800; at ISO 1600 it still produces usable images. The Voigtlander 35mm 2.5 CS was able to produce really nice, sharp, contrasty images and I am very happy to have it as my first M mount lens. Here are some pictures I took during my holiday trip to Melbourne and Sydney. It was a holiday camera so a lot of pictures of my family and friends but I also snap anything interesting along the way. I can’t really decide which 3 pictures to submit so I am sending all the pictures that I like and you can decide the 3 you want to use 🙂 Enjoy!
Gus Adi Gunawan Go