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Nathan, I can agree, as long as it stays "part" of the pleasure. I would even argue that this 'handling sensuality' might be the main single differenciator between Leica products and the competition, and that a lot of the extatic comments on the so-called 'Leica glow' of the images are an excuse to indulge in the usage of the hardware. I end up shooting more pictures with more pleasure than with other tools, and therefore produce more images that I can share with others. Also the knowledge of using "the best" simply kills any FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) while using the hardware: if the image is bad, it is your fault, and your fault only. If it is good, well it is not only Leica's fault :-) I do not agree 100 pct with the analogy with the audio gear (or cars, or watches, etc), because photography implies an element of active production on the user's side. Might rather compare "us" to rock guitarists prefering a Sixties Les Paul to some mass produced alternative or a classical musician dreaming of a Steinway full length piano, even though that Yamaha is very good. A very good musician might produce fantastic music with very low end equipment, but that low end equipment will not do full justice to his talent. And an average (rich) violin player will stay average with a Stradivarius, but he will know (and we will know) it is not the intrument's fault. He will also know he is holding the best tool in the world and that might bring consolation for not being the best musician... Friendly regards Alan Brussels-Belgium Nathan Wajsman wrote: > Part of the pleasure of owning Leica is just to handle > the lenses (the 75mm Summilux is a sensual experience!) or look at the M > bodies. I have no illusions about ever reaching the level of a > Cartier-Bresson, Salgado, or our own Ted Grant. But my photos are not bad, > and if having a Leica adds to their quality and to my pleasure in my hobby, > I make no excuses for spending the money. And in general, I do appreciate > good craftmanship in other things too, at least the ones I care about.