From: Joseph Sanders
Date: November 6, 2006 4:54:17 PM CST
To: Stacie Errera, Tamron
I just wanted to jot a quick note and congratulate you and all of Tamron on your up coming Bronica RF-4D Digital Rangefinder. What a great machine to resurrect the Bronica name with.
Tamron’s vision of melding the user interface and lens mount of the Analog Bronica RF with a great 49mm square sensor is pure genius!!! (Is Kodak your partner on the electronics? I hope not as they seem to screw up everything they touch lately.) In terms of resolution its 19mp sensor fits very neatly between the current crop of medium format backs and high end 35mm based SLRs. It will obviously blow the doors off the 35mm and "cropped" (DX?) sensor systems in terms of depth of field control, user interface, form factor and flash sync but of course the real coup de grace is the analog user interface and square format. Built in Pocket Wizard functionality is some good gravy. I’m satisfied with manual focus, and the 2.2 fps is faster than a medium format back. I also love the fact the swing out LCD a là Canon PowerShot G6 helps overcome almost all the inherent limitations associated with a rangefinder designs. This will certainly broaden the appeal of the camera well beyond the “Rangefinder Snob” crowd. Your pricing of course makes me cringe as $6800 for the body and normal lens is a lot of money for my working man budget but I’m sure the street price will come down to the $6200 territory in 8–14 months and there will certainly be no questioning of the value among professionals. My guess though is that you could sell 10 times as many @ $3500. Given this camera's complete uniqueness, I’m sure it will like enjoy a very long production run relative to the rest of the digital world.
So...congratulations!!! You guys are going to hit this one out of the park assuming lame software doesn’t screw it up. How about using me as a beta tester? Also what order are the announced lenses going to be released? I’m hoping the 29mm ƒ/2 (yum!!) and 162mm ƒ/4 are available when the body comes down the pipe, [and] the rest [will] fill in shortly thereafter.
From: Stacie Errera, Tamron
Subject: Re: RF-4D
Date: November 7, 2006 8:15:28 AM CST
To: Joseph Sanders
Dear Mr. Sanders,
This is the first I have heard of this rumor, so I am not sure where or when it started. Please be advised that Bronica brand was dissolved last year and that there is no product under Bronica brand being developed or marketed worldwide.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tamron USA, Inc.
10 Austin Blvd.
Commack, NY 11725