Info: Epson R-D1 prices

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I was checking around Japanese camera web store pages (such as MapCamera) and it seems the street price of the Epson R-D1 has dropped to around ¥179,000 ($1656) in anticipation of the R-D1s which is a minor upgrade and which will retail around ¥250,000 ($2400; see

I strongly feel that sub-$2000 is the price level that Epson always should have always sold this 6-megapixel rangefinder for. See my article on the R-D1/D1s for more info.

There are apparently no plans to market the R-D1s in the United States and prices for the R-D1 are still hovering around $3000 (B+H for example).

And before you ask: no Japanese camera store that I know if will sell mail-order internationally to any country. You can moan and groan but it appears to be standard policy at all the stores I know. So if you want to get a Japanese-only camera (or at Japanese-only prices), you'll have to go to Japan or get a Japanese friend.


Mind you, the ¥179,000 at Map is only for 20 cameras. Not sure if that counts as "street price" or just as a special offer.

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