Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/05

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Outfit Opinion's Are Utterly Useless!
From: "Dan Honemann" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 05:58:35 -0500

Well stated, Nathan.

We would do well to remember that it can be an intimidating experience
posting a message to this list.  Not only are there many very experienced
and professional photographers who frequent here, but as a newcomer you can
easily get the feeling you're crashing a party where everyone (seemingly)
knows everyone else except you.  When you finally speak up, it can actually
be quite unnerving to have the "regulars" respond that your question is
stupid or dull.  Even if the statement is made in jest, email is a poor
medium for communicating sarcasm and it inevitably comes off sounding
harsher than was probably intended.

After awhile, of course, you realize everyone's just as naive as you
are--they're only better at faking expertise. :)  Photography is utlimately
a great leveler: every picture is brand new, and very often the less you
"know" on a shoot, the more you _see_.  That's why 11 year olds can
sometimes take photos that are as captivating as those taken by us veteran
Leicaholics. ;)


> I  get tired of these questions too. But then I remind myself
> that about 3 years
> ago I was a beginner (as far as Leica is concerned) and a
> newcomer to the LUG. I
> asked a number of basic questions, all of which were answered by
> the likes of
> Ted, Jim, Lucien et al. Since then I have acquired both a great
> deal of Leica
> equipment and Leica knowledge. So, let us try to not push away
> the newcomers by
> pointing them to the archives etc. The vitality of this list and
> indeed the
> whole Leica community depends on a flow of new members.
> Nathan