Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/03/06

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Subject: [Leica] S2 vs. 645D vs. Cars
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:38:11 -0500

How does a digital medium format camera thread morph into a car thread? I'll
tell you how.
A car is something which cost a ridiculous amount of money which few don't
justify just buying anyway. Then selling very few years later and buying
another one. We've lived in a long time in a car based economy. Car's is
where our money is going. Its easy to justify. We need to get places. And
its easy to justify getting places in some style; our style.

But we do love buying and selling other things than cars. And high on that
list is cameras. Its also a style thing. The camera we have hanging round
our necks define us just like the car we climb into.
Its just that a camera is supposed to take up 3 or 4 figures out of our net
worth wealth not 5 or 6. Not tens of thousands of bucks.
And when a camera we don't understand starts costing as much as a car we do
understand then its infringing on our basic life style budget.
And its not going to happen.
We are much more comfortable talking about why we spend money on a certain
car than on a medium format camera digital camera which we never in a
million years are ever going to buy anyway.
It's like comparing today with a day a hundred years from now.

Hence a digital medium format camera thread morphing into a car thread.

Mark R.

> From: Alan Magayne-Roshak <amr3 at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:13:02 -0600 (CST)
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] S2 vs. 645D (Cars)
> On Mon, 5 Mar 2012  Tina Manley <images at> wrote:
>> I use my 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser to carry everything from hay to peacocks
>> to furniture to lumber to fencing.  It's a big, roomy, workhorse of a
>> truck/car that gets pretty good mileage for its size and is still going
>> strong.  That's why I have a big car.  It feels safer to sit up so high,
>> too. 
>> Tina 
> ==============================================================================
> =====================================
> I just don't get this.  I want a small car with a low center of gravity 
> that
> can handle, just as I prefer small cameras.  Everything in the US is so
> bloated.
> My 1990 Prizm (four-door sedan) looks like a toy in the lot at work, but I
> love it.  The succeeding versions got bigger and bigger for no reason.
> Alan
> Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
> UPAA POY 1978
> University Information Technology Services
> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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