Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/10/19

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Subject: [Leica] Well I went and did it
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 01:25:01 -0400

DSLR's come basically in two sizes.
A D3 is latterly twice the size of a D700 and I'm sure there is a similar
deal with canons between the ones which cost 8 grand and the ones which cost
2.5 grand. When you use the big ones they feel it when you point it at them.
The smaller ones your just another tourist.
We're kidding ourselves if we think we look like quaint camera collectors
shooting archaic worthless relics with our M's.
We look like rich guys. But what we have going for us is the small footprint
of the camera. They are just small cameras and more to the point normally
use very small lenses. And I when I shoot DSLR's I don't shoot the Yuban
coffee can 2.8 zooms I use glass a third that size.

Mark William Rabiner
mark at

> From: Jeff Moore <jbm at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:30:34 -0400
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Well I went and did it
> 2010-10-19-19:51:22 Mark Rabiner:
>> Have I got this right using an M9 you're just going to blend it but using 
>> a
>> Canon or Nikon you're going to stand out?
> That makes sense to me.  With an M9 in hand, you get the 1% or so who
> say, "Gee whillikers, is that a Leica M9?" and the 99% who see a small
> insignificant kind of old-fashioned looking camera and pretty quickly
> forget you're there.
> If I happen to have my Canon EOS (which Kathryn derisively calls the
> "sneaker camera", because she thinks it looks like big rounded bulky
> rubberized basketball shoes), there's no sneaking.  It looks like a
> fancy "real" camera to people who semi-know cameras.  They're aware of
> it and aware of me.  Unless I'm at some event where there are other
> photographers with sneaker cameras.  Then a sneaker camera is mostly
> invisible in the crowd.
> Oh, for the Brits: trainer camera?
> That's funny in a different way.
>  -Jeff
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