Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Bugeyes and pre-Leicas
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 21:46:12 -0500

At 09:02 PM 5/11/98 -0400, you wrote:
>By that time there were at least a dozen other 35mm cameras available. The
>success of the Leica was attributed by contemporary photographic writers, not
>only to its small size and to the precision of its construction, but to its
>relatively high price which established it as a "prestige" item among both
>photographers and people of fashion. Obviously the concept of negative price
>elasticity was as prevalent in the flapper era as it is now.
>"It costs more but I'm worth it!"

That's not half the story. It was photographers who found the Leica to be
the best tool around for candid photography that made it's fame. And the
picture magazines in Berlin and then London, and the New York. The Leica
created that new genre of photography. Not any other. The rest fell in
behind, and then overtook them.


Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

They have what is rare in still photography - the mobility of film, motion,
evanescence, fluidity...your camera has a thousand eyes which are directed
by love and feeling.

- -Anias Nin