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Subject: [Leica] Re: Collecting Leicas
From: leicagalpal at (Kit McChesney)
Date: Fri Sep 17 12:55:27 2004


Well, that was my point, too, although expressed with a little wisecracking
humor. My clients who collect, and some have lotsa cameras, actually use
them. They even report that some dealers have told them NOT to use them, and
they've responded by saying, "But why not? They're functioning cameras, are
they not?" 

I have yet to meet the graybeard in the vault. Maybe if I frequented more
vaults, I would, but so far, no one has called from the depths of a Swiss
bank to talk with me. 


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Emanuel Lowi
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 12:48 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: Collecting Leicas 

The collectors I know will sometimes use even their
most valuable cameras and lenses as photographic
tools. And many of these people are also very fine
photographers in various formats. 

I have yet to meet the stereotypical fetishist for
Leica. Neither have I met a Ferrari collector who
cannot drive at speed nor a fountain pen collector
unable to craft a sonorous paragraph.

Don't get all snooty about dedicated collectors until
you talk to a few. Often, as their sincere passion
grows, so too does their knowledge. 

Emanuel Lowi

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