Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/13

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Subject: RE: [Leica] OT reference material/equipment questions
From: "Jay Coleman" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 23:36:41 -0800


This is the Leica list.  By definition someone may mention what Leicas they
own.  It is not at all like the example you give.

Jay Coleman

- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Austin
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 7:50 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] OT reference material/equipment questions

> I also see is equipment envy.  Whenever someone says he/she has a lot of
> equipment, that is somehow viewed as an open invitation to be rude.

I don't see equipment envy, I see a normal reaction to, for lack of a better
term, grandiosity.  Do you walk into a party (of people who don't know you)
and say "gee, I had to drive my self here in my new Mercedes 600, since my
Lambo was in the shop having a tune up for the vintage race I'm hosting next
week at Limerock, and to top it all off, my chauffer was on vacation" then
rattling your Rolex and saying "my, I took the Rolex with me and I meant to
take the Patek...darn!"?

I certainly understand the excitement of getting new camera gear...believe
me, but I also understand how, what comes across as 'bragging', about it
(not necessarily intentionally) can put people off.  I believe questions can
be asked/answered without all the superfluous ostentatiousity that
transpires here occasionally.