@kennethphotojournalist is my gallery. I am a Leica M8 shooter and photojournalist who shoots street photographs and posts images that tell stories.
I like finding a worldwide audience for my street photographs. Though I agree there's a lot of mediocre photography here, too.
FilmFeelsDifferent: Shooting with a Leica, any Leica, is a badge of quality. Doesn't matter how many MP, what the sensor size is, the thing is the "photographer is shooting with a Leica." It has more to do with perception than camera specs and resolving power.
Folks can diss Leica as being overpriced but if they could have one, they would. It's the Apple computer in a land of Windows. It's a Porsche among Chevys.
Beautifully engineered, it's a pleasure to use. I have two bodies I bought used, an M6 and an M8. All I can afford for now. And two lenses, also bought used.
Forget pixel peeping and getting down on Leica, you use one for the incredible engineering and if there are two photogs on the sidewalk, I'd rather talk to the Leica photographer anyway than the EP-2 shooter.
Because I am expecting a little more. That's what Leica sells--confidence. And noteworthiness.
One other note. The Leica photographer just might take his craft more seriously (I said may) and may not be in the game of what new model is coming out this month. Then that photographer may spend more time in pursuit of photographs and less time catching up on the latest reports on dpreview since they have all they need.
Not to say there can't be a great photog shooting with a Ricoh film camera. Or an old Miranda. Of course it is the shooter first. Nobody cared what typewriter Hemmingway used.
But all things being equal, if you hire a shooter, the one who pulls out the Leica will instill more immediate confidence than the Ricoh one.
Because there is the perception that there's nothing like a Leica. And in today's world where everyone's a photographer, we need a little something to stand out in the crowd. The Leica is a part of that.
Shooting with a Leica, any Leica, is a badge of quality. Doesn't matter how many MP, what the sensor size is, the thing is the "photographer is shooting with a Leica." It has more to do with perception than camera specs and resolving power.