Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/30

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Subject: [Leica] collectors vs users
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 07:19:59 EDT

In a message dated 7/30/99 1:04:33 AM, you wrote:

>I find this fight between collectors and users silly. I would submit that 
>of us users are also just a tiny bit collectors. Why do some of us (myself
>included) shoot with LTM Leicas and 60-year old lenses when we also have the
>M6s? Because it is fun and because it is nice to have these old cameras and
>lenses to look at. I am most certainly a user and would never buy any piece 
>equipment if I did not intend to take pictures with it. But once the Leica 
>bites I think many of us become collectors too to a greater or (in my case)
>lesser extent.

i couldn't agree more. define a collector any way you like, or a user any way 
you like. Scratch any user and you find a collector somewhere under the black 
paint -- everyone has a lens or two they don't u se but don't want to sell, 
the body of their first camera every (A Brownie Starflex in my case) and 
whatnot. I have  Leica 1, Model C (standardized version) that i play with at 
times just because it's neat. Doesn't mean my M3 isn't my baby and the one 
I'd take to Everest if called upon.

What's the big deal? Fight about something important, like whether UV filters 
are necessary.

Ogden, Utah