Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/04/21

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Subject: Re: Advice sought
From: "Jeff Segawa" <>
Date: 21 Apr 97 10:44:47 -0700

On Sun, Apr 20, 1997 8:06 PM, wrote: 
>If I was only allowed to have one camera it would be a 4x5 because
>it is portable, trouble free, affordable, flexible, precise and of course
>because of the negative size.  I also like to have a Leica for many of the
>same reasons and that is why I have them.  Both of these cameras, I think,
>are good investments, not because I plan to resell them later, but because
>plan to use them a lot.  I don't think that I will have to replace my 4x5
>my M's for many many years to come and that to me is good value.  I watch
>some of the other photographers here who just have to have every new model
>that comes along but their photography has not improved one bit.  My
>may be expensive initially, but I do not have to continually replace them.
>Large format cameras are really not all that expensive if you compare them
>to the prices of medium format and top of the line 35mm these days. There
>one rider in all of this - you have to use them to get the value out of

When it comes to hardware, I've found that I'm fickle, and forever curious
to find out if I might achieve better (or at least comparable) results for
less money, less weight/bulk or less hassle! I do not necessarily mind
change, so long as it doesn't involve things that I don't want to be forced
into buying (due to planned obsolescence) over and over again.

Oh, I use my cameras well enough; I think for me, everything boils down to
this: Money. Spend more of it, have to work more, and have less time to
photograph. Tricky problem, that.