Lancashire (U.K.) wedding ace Jeff Ascough hasn't exactly let the cat out of the bag, but, with a mildly indiscreet tweet on Twitter, he's let some people see the bag—and there is what looks to be a very big cat indeed in there. Jeff's let it be known that he's using a new camera under NDA, and...it's a rangefinder. That's got the tubes of the interwebs a-flutter.
For what it's worth, Jeff's a Canon shooter. I wouldn't read too much into that. If Canon comes out with a digital rangefinder, I believe I'll manger my chapeau.
(Thanks to Charlie Didrickson)
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"With that preamble aside, I'll also claim that I expected Canon and/or Nikon to take a swing at a digital rangefinder sooner or later. After all, they were both players in that game long ago. And where else is there to go in the DSLR design? A new lens line can mean big, new profits, too!
"But poor Leica. First Pentax kicks all the wind out of its 'groundbreaking' S2. (The beautifully designed but implausibly-priced S2 is due to break ground only by being buried.) Now Canon/Nikon seem to be getting ready to clip the M9's wings.
"Eager to see what, if anything, comes of this.
"But let me say this again: I will not buy another rangefinder, I will not buy another rangefinder, I will not buy another rangefinder...."
Featured Comment by Steve G, Mendocino: "Hmmm...Mike, some time ago you remarked in a review of a Zeiss Icon rangefinder film camera that—'Flaw #3 is that the camera takes film. Huh? This is an almost silly thing to say about a film camera, I know, like criticizing the proverbial orange for not being the proverbial apple.' Perhaps, a la the DMD, someone was listening, or more likely, thinking along the same lines. If Cosina/Voigtlander is about to come up with a digital 3a, I won't be eating my hat, but it'll be for sale to raise funds."
Featured Comment by Paul De Zan: "Canon? Canon? The builder of my exalted 1959 Model P? If I could get a digital camera that handled like...oh hell, I need rest."