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from "shutterbabe": I became a photojournalist during the late 80's, the last days of the manual camera ... having a nikon f2, f3 or fm2 signified both a technical proficiency with manual cameras as well as a seriousness and commitment to photojournalism. Even cooler was a black nikon cmaera body with a few well-placed dents and screatches on it. It ssaid to the others, I'm a rugged person ... I did have that Leica, however. It was an M6, the kind with the built-in light meter. Owning a Leica M-series camera put you in a whole other league. The Leica was the Porsche of the camera world; it was small, light, exquisitely crafted, mechanically perfect and very, very expensive. It was the "it" camera for the "concerned" photographer -- a loose definition for a photographer who cares deeply about his subjects, who spends years and years shooting a single, thematicallly unified story on subjects like prisions, sweatshops or anything remotely related to Ethopia. With a Leica slung casually over your shoulder -- always with the lens facing in toward your rib cage to protect it, otherwise you'd be pegged immediately as an amateur -- you could always pretend to be a concerned photographer, whether or not you'd ever stepped foot in Ethopia.