Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica Gear & wives
From: "Joseph Codispoti" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 10:09:28 -0700

As I stated in my post, it is a matter of personal preference.

Before my retirement from photography, cameras were indeed just "tools". Now
my Leicas and the rest of my photographic dowry are more than tools or toys.
They are prized possessions to be cherished but not shared. I would not lend
them to a photographer friend, nor to a novice or teenager - even if
related. The same goes for my stamp collection. Others can admire the
miniature works of art, but only I research, decide which to keep or trade,
and catalog.
That has nothing to do with whether my wife is "good enough". I share other
things with her but my cameras are too personal for sharing.

It is just a personal thing.
Joseph Codispoti

- -----Original Message-----
From: Ken Wilcox <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 1998 4:26 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica Gear & wives

>>Once, at a workshop, the speaker expressed his opinion on the subject by
>>saying: "I will lend you money. I will land you my car. You can barrow my
>>mower as well. I will even fix you up with my ex wife. But don't you ever,
>>ever ask to use my cameras."
>>Needless to say, I will buy a Cheapoflex for my wife so she can snap away.
>Are you saying that your wife is not "good enough" to use your equipment?
>If a Cheapoflex is good enough for her, why not also for you?
>My wife and I have shared photo equipment for many years. She uses "my" Ms
>and I use "her" R gear. If she had any interest in doing so she would also
>use the LTM and MF stuff.
>Before my son left home he also shared our gear (at that time Olympus and
>Nikon) and took the Olympus gear with him when he left.
>Cameras are only tools! (Leicas are VERY NICE tools)  :-)
>Ken Wilcox                             Carolyn's Personal Touch Portraits
>LHSA, MEA, LAW                      preferred---> <>
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