MM67

MM67

Lives in United States NY, United States
Works as a Designer
Joined on Jul 7, 2012

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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MM67: Hilarious. I think that $100 turd of a case proves Leica knows it's new 'base' will buy anything if it's overpriced enough. It matches those ghastly neon sneakers I see everyone wearing while on holiday in NYC. This isn't sour grapes: I owned and loved using my M-6s for decades. I'm so glad the object of my young gadget lust was a beautifully styled/built juggernaut of a camera. Not some shiny, mediocre-spec laden novelty. Someone's got to pay the bills at Solms I guess!

Thanks, T3, for taking the time to write a lengthy response. I agree with you whole-heartedly, but your diatribe, unfortunately, is based on assumptions. A little history: I was a broke painter/musician for years who got lucky and twice found used M-6s for excellent prices. I knew Leicas were crazy expensive, but we desire what we desire, and I like rangefinders. The M-6 in its venerable lifespan was/is still far more future-proof than basically all digital cameras will ever be (as long as they keep making film). Problem is, you have to understand the principles of photography to actually use one. People don't like that anymore.

Anytime I start falling prey to the glitz and glamour of the 'modern' world, I just hit the website below and am reminded how unbelievably lucky we all are to have computers and the time to waste writing silly comments about a great company that is now largely making functional jewelry. Check it out, brother, it's an eye-opener:
http://www.globalrichlist.com

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 02:35 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

Hilarious. I think that $100 turd of a case proves Leica knows it's new 'base' will buy anything if it's overpriced enough. It matches those ghastly neon sneakers I see everyone wearing while on holiday in NYC. This isn't sour grapes: I owned and loved using my M-6s for decades. I'm so glad the object of my young gadget lust was a beautifully styled/built juggernaut of a camera. Not some shiny, mediocre-spec laden novelty. Someone's got to pay the bills at Solms I guess!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:53 UTC as 493rd comment | 2 replies

This is hilarious. I finally sold all my Leica stuff this year. I started becoming uncomfortable to be seen with it. These days the brand is more recognizable as nouveau-riche jewelry than as bullet-proof tools of photography. Call me vain for not wanting to look like an ostentatious tourist in my own city... (I sure got some amazing M43 gear for a fraction of the Leica investment.)

I love how they are still selling the cameras with tripe like this: "Discretion and unobtrusiveness are particular strengths of the M-System. For instance, the Leica M-E’s shutter action is extremely quiet.... ...a reason why M-Photographers often go unnoticed and simply blend into the scenery."

Really? Even with all that Breitling, Armani, Prada, Fendi, etc... on?? :D

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 21:09 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)

P*ssing contests are so much fun! (Especially amongst photo-enthusiasts) Use the gear you like, take your pictures. Many of the best photos throughout history have been taken with equipment many of you wouldn't be caught dead using, it seems! :D

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 17:38 UTC as 155th comment | 1 reply
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jimrb67: I guess all the journalists and photographers that captured the carnage of World War II, the Korean War, Viet Nam etc., were cruel, inhumane and devoid of compassion. How could they stand by recording historical events when they could have joined in. Heck, wouldn't have needed to fight to assist, just give a hand to the Medics on the battlefield. You know....try to help save lives. Damn them....a camera in hand on Iwo Jima when they could have carried medical supplies and applied pressure points!!!! I can never look at my camera in the same way, ever again.

Oh man, I feel so naïve. I actually thought there was a difference between an embedded PJ in a war-torn area and some tabloid staff photog snapping pics (with hopes of a cover???) on his train ride to lunch. Thanks for setting me straight, jimrb67!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2012 at 01:41 UTC

Wow, it's astonishing to hear people say they commend the photog for "doing his job" and contributing to the harsh and compelling world of PJ. Good Robot: you earned your wage - a small fee for the soul-stain of choosing self interest over basic human decency. When someone's instincts are to take pictures of a looming catastrophe as opposed to trying to avert it (like yelling "lie down in the middle of the tracks!" (a space that in most NYC stations will accommodate a person - if there aren't piles of garbage or spare rails filling it)) you really should question their humanity. I agree, something like this happens fast, but I take NYC trains every day and there's plenty of time to at least try to help. All you "REAL" photogs who pop off shots in an emergency situation for some pathetic "artistic glory" (cash), better hope a "FAKE" photog like me isn't around to shove your DSLR up your a**! (of course, after I've done my best to help anybody who might actually need a hand)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2012 at 04:34 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)
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MM67: Gentlemen, Hasselblad has obviously done painstaking research into the market they hope to exploit: the morally bankrupt, attention-starved wealthy. I'm sure they've spent plenty on demographic surveys and this design is in lockstep with their findings. I have been lucky enough to view the wealthy, both in captivity and their natural environment (I live in NYC where M9s, miniature dogs in fur coats, and a myriad other obscenely expensive accessories are paraded around without a moments reflection) and we're talking about the people who are responsible for keeping companies like this is business: http://www.vertu.com/ Whomever thinks that $60+K for a blinged-up nokia or $6K for a blinged-up NEX-7 in this age of unimaginable inequity obviously can't handle the responsibility of the wealth they possess. Companies are realizing this more and more and have no problem offering sparkly mediocrity at astounding prices knowing some grotesque will actually buy it. Viva bad taste! Olé!

Thanks for the responses - it's all just a sad state of affairs, really. I didn't mean to come across as judgmental of anyone for what they buy or desire. I'm no fan of price-gouging either, for the rich or poor. Some rich folks buy this stuff and some poor wish they had the money to buy it. It's just confounding to me that people can feel good about squandering small fortunes on such ephemera. But, hell, we all pick our poison. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 16:59 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

Gentlemen, Hasselblad has obviously done painstaking research into the market they hope to exploit: the morally bankrupt, attention-starved wealthy. I'm sure they've spent plenty on demographic surveys and this design is in lockstep with their findings. I have been lucky enough to view the wealthy, both in captivity and their natural environment (I live in NYC where M9s, miniature dogs in fur coats, and a myriad other obscenely expensive accessories are paraded around without a moments reflection) and we're talking about the people who are responsible for keeping companies like this is business: http://www.vertu.com/ Whomever thinks that $60+K for a blinged-up nokia or $6K for a blinged-up NEX-7 in this age of unimaginable inequity obviously can't handle the responsibility of the wealth they possess. Companies are realizing this more and more and have no problem offering sparkly mediocrity at astounding prices knowing some grotesque will actually buy it. Viva bad taste! Olé!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2012 at 23:48 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On Olympus issues OM-D E-M5 firmware v1.2 article (41 comments in total)

A breeze... the OLY app took a few minutes, and then the camera just a couple. Nice process OLY.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2012 at 20:28 UTC as 10th comment
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