Although initially a film SLR user, for the last 11 years or so I have primarily been a rangefinder user. My rangefinder use has been limited to two film cameras. Initially the brilliant and economical little Cosina produced Voigtländer Bessa R2, and then the more heavy weight (in many senses) Leica M6. I also have the nifty little finder-less Voigtländer Bessa L, for use with a 25mm lens and accessory finder. I have continued with the M6 as my main camera, even now that decent digital rangefinders are available. The cost of a digital Leica M is, from my point of view, simply out of the question, and I was never overly impressed with the Cosina produced Epson branded digital rangefinders.
In terms of digital, I had a Konica Minolta a-7 Digital (aka Maxxum / Dynax 7D), which I enjoyed very much until it died. Now I use a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, and it remains my only digital camera (aside from, on occasion, my cell phone or iPod Touch).
However, I am seriously considering buying a new digital camera, and the only real contender at the moment is the Fujifilm X-Pro 1. Apart from the digital Leica Ms, this is the only camera, as far as I can tell, which would give me a satisfactory interchangeable lens rangefinder experience. As already stated, the Leica cameras are just too expensive. The X-Pro 1 is also quite expensive however, so I am still not certain whether or not I will buy this camera, even if I come to decide it meets all my needs / performs satisfactorily in other areas.
Thus, this blog is an attempt to work my through the process of making a decision.