From: Bruce on
On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:32:16 -0700 (PDT), RichA <rander3127(a)gmail.com>
wrote:
>http://43rumors.com/jeff-ascough-is-testing-a-new-rangefinder-microfourthirds-or-not/
>
>This is interesting.
>The Canon wedding shooter Jeff Ascough just revealed that he is
>testing a brand new rangefinder. I highly doubt that he is talking
>about a Canon camera. Not one of our sources ever heard something
>about it. It could be everything but it is a good moment to remind you
>that Panasonic is working on a �digital rangefinder� model!
>
>UPDATE: According to photorumors �The standard lens is suppose to be
>35mm f/1.2 and there are two more lenses. The rangefinder is full
>frame with magnesium alloy electronic shutter and supposedly with
>very good AF�


There have been strong rumours of a Nikon digital rangefinder camera
system for the last two years. My personal contact at Nikon in Japan
passed away several years ago so I have no way of confirming them.

From: J. Clarke on
On 3/31/2010 3:11 AM, Matti Vuori wrote:
> Michael<adunc79617(a)mypacks.net> wrote in
> news:2010033100220748664-adunc79617(a)mypacksnet:
>> To qualify as a high end digital
>> rangefinder (i.e. digital Leica M series type camera) would require an
>> integral EVF,
>
> Guess what? To qualify as a rangefinder, the camera would need to have a
> rangefinder, not an EVF.

Wait a minute, if you're talking Leica, they make very good very
expensive laser distance measuring devices, so why not use one of those
to determine the distance to the subject instead of a conventional
coinciding frame type? Would still be a rangefinder, just an electronic
one. Then an EVF would potentially, if all its other problems could be
resolved, be workable.

From: RichA on
On Mar 31, 7:25 am, Bruce <docnews2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:32:16 -0700 (PDT), RichA <rander3...(a)gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >http://43rumors.com/jeff-ascough-is-testing-a-new-rangefinder-microfo...
>
> >This is interesting.
> >The Canon wedding shooter Jeff Ascough just revealed that he is
> >testing a brand new rangefinder. I highly doubt that he is talking
> >about a Canon camera. Not one of our sources ever heard something
> >about it. It could be everything but it is a good moment to remind you
> >that Panasonic is working on a digital rangefinder model!
>
> >UPDATE: According to photorumors The standard lens is suppose to be
> >35mm f/1.2 and there are two more lenses. The rangefinder is full
> >frame with magnesium alloy electronic shutter  and supposedly with
> >very good AF
>
> There have been strong rumours of a Nikon digital rangefinder camera
> system for the last two years.  My personal contact at Nikon in Japan
> passed away several years ago so I have no way of confirming them.

The last Nikons sold for $5000 (2005?) and apparently, didn't make
Nikon much money. But a non-mechanical rangefinder might be more
reasonable, despite what the Leica M9 costs.
From: Bruce on
On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:00:05 -0700 (PDT), RichA <rander3127(a)gmail.com>
wrote:
>On Mar 31, 7:25�am, Bruce <docnews2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:32:16 -0700 (PDT), RichA <rander3...(a)gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> >http://43rumors.com/jeff-ascough-is-testing-a-new-rangefinder-microfo...
>>
>> >This is interesting.
>> >The Canon wedding shooter Jeff Ascough just revealed that he is
>> >testing a brand new rangefinder. I highly doubt that he is talking
>> >about a Canon camera. Not one of our sources ever heard something
>> >about it. It could be everything but it is a good moment to remind you
>> >that Panasonic is working on a digital rangefinder model!
>>
>> >UPDATE: According to photorumors The standard lens is suppose to be
>> >35mm f/1.2 and there are two more lenses. The rangefinder is full
>> >frame with magnesium alloy electronic shutter �and supposedly with
>> >very good AF
>>
>> There have been strong rumours of a Nikon digital rangefinder camera
>> system for the last two years. �My personal contact at Nikon in Japan
>> passed away several years ago so I have no way of confirming them.
>
>The last Nikons sold for $5000 (2005?) and apparently, didn't make
>Nikon much money. But a non-mechanical rangefinder might be more
>reasonable, despite what the Leica M9 costs.


The digital product apparently bears no relationship to the Nikon S
series rangefinders.

In other words, it has about as much of a relationship to the S2 and
S3 as the Olympus E-P1 and P2 have to the Pen point and shoot 35mm
film cameras. ;-)

I last heard of the Nikon digital rangefinder camera about a year ago.
I thought it had died a death, especially with the introduction of the
Leica M9 which is proving to be quite a success. I asked my friendly
photo dealer how the M9 was selling, and he said that there is a long
waiting list - at least four months.

Of course the Nikon digital rangefinder camera will not be full frame.

From: stephe_k on
Michael wrote:
> On 2010-03-30 21:49:44 -0400, Savageduck said:
>> If it turns out to be true, it would be a pleasant surprise.
>> A modern version of something like my old Yashica Electro 35 would be
>> nice, regardless of the manufacturer.
>
> The closest I've seen to something like a high end digital rangefinder
> is the Olympus Pen EP series, at least in size and look.

My main issue with the EP is slow focusing.

Also I think they missed the boat by not adding a zoom/optical finder in
the corner of the body like film P&S had. They clearly have the
technology for this. With good autofocus, I could live without a "SLR
view" on this type of camera and just depend on the autofocus, which I'm
willing to bet 99% of photographers today do anyway.

I don't like -only- having live view as it forces you to use a shake
prone "hold the camera away from your face" technique, plus is a problem
in certain lighting etc. And as someone else said, when you add the
finder, then the camera really isn't much different in size than the
E410/pancake combo which I already have. That camera will already fits
in my purse but isn't something I would carry everyday/everywhere. I
still have a smaller P&S for that.

Stephanie