ManuelVilardeMacedo

ManuelVilardeMacedo

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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

So what? Salgado DID use Leicas. (Or didn't he?)
And so did Garry Winogrand, Robert Doisneau, Ilse Bing, René Burri... do you really want me to go on?

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rds: Leicas, sadly, have become bling, status symbols, Christmas gifts Mick Jagger gives his posse. *** You won't become Cartier-Bresson by getting a Leica, and photography is not and never has been about the tool. It's about being there and seeing. If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro.

You're asking for an intelligent argument to refute a silly statement, but here it goes anyway:
How about the fact that HC-B used Leicas, which were the cameras that ensured him the highest quality possible from the 135 format? Have you ever happened to look at an enlarged (or 'printed', if you're not familiar with analogue photography) photograph of HC-B? Well, I did. They have a quality that your smartphone and GoPro will never match, not even in anyone's wildest dreams.
You're not going to reply that HC-B wouldn't print pictures today, are you?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
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rds: Leicas, sadly, have become bling, status symbols, Christmas gifts Mick Jagger gives his posse. *** You won't become Cartier-Bresson by getting a Leica, and photography is not and never has been about the tool. It's about being there and seeing. If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro.

"If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro."
Not meaning to offend you, but that's the silliest thing I read in years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

(Cont.) Add to that Leica's prestige. If you look at all great photographers, chances are all of them used Leicas. From Cartier-Bresson to Sebastião Salgado through Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith, the Leicas used to be workhorses that delivered the highest quality possible with the 135 format. In fact, Leica invented 135, thus, being the spiritual father of so-called 'full-frame'. This adds to Leica status as aspirational cameras. Their price incorporates this reputation.
No wonder,then, that so many people will want a Leica at any given point of their lives.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 15:51 UTC

Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 15:44 UTC as 122nd comment | 14 replies
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joyclick: A fixed 50mm 1:1.2 monochrome anyone?

Me! Don't mind f/1.4, though...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 17:04 UTC

I couldn't help noticing someone has already had it, even though it was launched today. Oh, those timelords...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 23rd comment
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

I really think you should stop now. You're beginning to sound like a fool.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 18:23 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

Well, I have to admit your dogs are totally original... not to mention how interesting they are.
Maybe it's time you stopped embarrassing yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 18:09 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

Says the famous dog photographer...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 17:45 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

It's more like the photographer could show some respect for photography, actually.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
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Kater Karlo: ... and for an exhibition, you can take a photograph from martin liebscher as audience...
http://www.martinliebscher.com/familie/royaltheatre.htm

;-)

Cheers

That'd be the perfect complement indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 13:59 UTC
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

Now that I come to think of it, it's a shame Aram Katchaturian never discovered the kazoo. Can you imagine how much broader the "Sabre Dance" would sound? It would add a further layer of interestingness to it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 13:55 UTC
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

I am aware the kazoo is regarded by many as a silly instrument, but there are wonderful compositions for it. I will never forget a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (directed by the late, magisterial L. O. Yewlott) of A. Fuqua Soll's "Kazoo Concert no. 32", with Ms Debbie Lee Tate as soloist. It brought tears to my eyes. Especially the Adagio: it was so soulful, so introspective. One of my dearest and most enduring musical memories.
Of couse there are more prestigious instruments, like harmonica and banjo, but the kazoo is able to convey the deepest emotions. Some bigoted so-called specialists may despise it, but there's definitely a future for the kazoo in orchestral works. If Shostakovitch were alive today, I have no doubt he'd wholeheartedly endorse it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 08:53 UTC
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

Kazoo.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: What? No wood grip jokes? C'mon, people, don't let me down.

I will never let you down, Carl.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 09:02 UTC

What? No wood grip jokes? C'mon, people, don't let me down.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 22:57 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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paul simon king: I guess it's quite funny that some voted that they had it or already own it
Silly but amusing nonetheless

Timelords, maybe...?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
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helmut weber: A stupid tool for edonists! Not a camera!

darngooddesign: reading Helmut's comment 'a contrario', I assume it would be something like a smart toy for suffering people...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
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Mssimo: Does it use the new or old style Olympus EVF?

Actually I prefer SLR viewfinders over rangefinders. Yet some enjoy the naturalness of a rangefinder. I can't criticize them, though I understand what they mean everytime I peep into a Leica M viewfinder.
The nice thing about photography is that it's a broad church in which nobody has the right to impose their views over everybody else - even if some want to evangelize the rest of us over convenience and modernity.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
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