Something new to complain about

Started Oct 6, 2010 | Discussions thread
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RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 25,992
Something new to complain about

Why can't we have an E-5 clad in expensive hand-picked leather, available only through Neiman Marcus and priced, no doubt, at an indecent premium over the normal price?

Like Leicaphiles can collect their exclusive editions :

A Leica M9 is probably a very nice camera to use, but priced unrealistically. And for those for whom that is not enough, there is this special edition.

The camera is the same, but the styling is different. And you get a "personal letter" from the Leica CEO (no doubt very much like the personal letters I get all the time from lotteries and Nigerian officials who have money they want to put in my account. And here is the real give-away : the camera will be delivered by a Leica expert who will give a new photographer a crash-course in photography. I am not making this up ! Read the announcement.

To me, this announcement is like the pinnacle of snobbery : where is the photography left in this? Leicas, like any other camera, should be tools, not jewels.

Sometimes I feel like I would want to try a Leica rangefinder, but this kind of travesty is such a turn-off.

God forbid I ever get so stuffed that I buy a camera to cherish and put away in a safe and never to take a photo with, unless it is a photo of a trophy wife behind the wheel of a never-driven car on the never-played-on lawn of a silent house in a neighbourhood that is devoid of any real life.

I just had to vent that. Excuse me.

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Roel Hendrickx

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