Epson and Cosina show interchangeable lens digital rangefinder
Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 13, 2004 - 21:05 EST)
Japanese companies Epson and Cosina have come up with quite a surprise for this year's PMA.
Imaging heavyweight Epson has partnered with Cosina, a manufacturer of vintage-styled cameras that also makes cameras on an OEM basis for other manufacturers, to create an extremely interesting looking interchangeable lens rangefinder digital camera. The (as-yet unnamed) Epson / Cosina camera will accept Leica M-type lenses, and offers both a large rangefinder and a tilt / swivel LCD display.
No specifications, availability or pricing information are available currently; two signs on the stand in which the camera is shown behind glass state:
"Unique digital camera created and engineered by EPSON and developed in partnership with COSINA CO., LTD"
"The Seiko Epson Corporation will release further information in the middle of March 2004."
Whilst it is extremely difficult to get a decent image of the prototypes under glass, we offer the following five images which we think show the camera fairly well: