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Old 02-28-2012   #151
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once I heard a photographer pointed out, "if you have $100, you should spend $30 on your gears and $70 for travel, because if you spend $100 on your gears, you'll end up photographing your bathroom everyday"... Use your judgement and base on your budget.








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Old 02-28-2012   #152
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Leica prices are way out there now. I now look to Zeiss as the best "bang for buck". Still though, I hate buying twice and I'd just as soon buy the Leica piece if I know in my heart that it's what I'll want to buy in the end.

Some people are happy to buy their $50 fixed lens rangefinders and yet spend thousands on going to restaurants. Me, I prefer to spend my thousands (if I have any) on a nice lens and spend the $50 on paninis. One puts their money where their heart is. My rational is that a Leica lens is something that I'll use one whatever camera body for the next 40 years so why not buy once and be done with it.

I bought one Leica lens brand new only once in my life: a 75 summarit when Leica was discounting the lenses. Since then life has been such that I haven't been able to repeat this. It's OK. I'll get along just fine with my cheapo Zuikos, Zeiss' and CV's. If I ever come into money again I'll buy another Leica (maybe). Till then I'll enjoy my summarit @ f3.4 along with the rest of the other lenses too. I'm content.

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Old 02-28-2012   #153
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Looks like you have budget to travel to different bathrooms
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Old 02-28-2012   #154
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once I heard a photographer pointed out, "if you have $100, you should spend $30 on your gears and $70 for travel, because if you spend $100 on your gears, you'll end up photographing your bathroom everyday"... Use your judgement and base on your budget.
Well, that depends on where you live... and also, as other have pointed out, bathrooms have been photographed by well known photographers forever. Living in NYC, I don't feel like I need to travel to make photos.
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Old 03-04-2012   #155
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I think others have summed it up well, but my experience is that after owning a Leica, I sold it, the extra cash wasn't worth it to me, the money can be put to better use.
If the owning of a Summilux (or whatever), makes you happy, then keep it, if it makes you feel uneasy, like it did for me, then get rid of it.

I get slightly uneasy feelings when eating at expensive restaurants, so I choose not to now.
Very well put. I feel the same way.
I purchased an M6 and it had some issues, so I decided to return it. Sadly, I missed the boat for buyer's remorse on the Summicron 50mm/2, but I got it for a fairly good price and there are practically no version-4's floating around that are both made in Germany and 6-bit coded. I'm not too worried about getting my money out of it.

Cost was a major factor and that 'uneasy' feeling really gnawed at me. I own an FM3a with ai/ai-s 28/35/50/85 lenses. Its as complete a kit as I'll ever need for 35 and if I want to break the quality barriers, I've got my 501cm with Zeiss Planar 120mm/4.

Relief at cashing out is what I'm looking forward to. Nice to see I'm not alone!
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Old 03-04-2012   #156
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Very well put. I feel the same way.
I purchased an M6 and it had some issues, so I decided to return it. Sadly, I missed the boat for buyer's remorse on the Summicron 50mm/2, but I got it for a fairly good price and there are practically no version-4's floating around that are both made in Germany and 6-bit coded. I'm not too worried about getting my money out of it.

Cost was a major factor and that 'uneasy' feeling really gnawed at me. I own an FM3a with ai/ai-s 28/35/50/85 lenses. Its as complete a kit as I'll ever need for 35 and if I want to break the quality barriers, I've got my 501cm with Zeiss Planar 120mm/4.

Relief at cashing out is what I'm looking forward to. Nice to see I'm not alone!
For someone like me who bleeds red dots, you have a very nice kit in that FM3A and lenses. I would love the same kit myself!

Now post some pictures from it!!!
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I shouldn't be, but I am surprised this thread is still alive. To me, someone who owns both Leica and non-Leica gear, you can spend a ton of money on almost any system. It all depends on your cup of tea. I have three Leicas and a handful of lenses, and in total none of them cost more than a Mamiya 7 or Hasselbad or any number of other cameras. You can buy a Barnack with a Elmar 50/3.5 for, give or take, $500. Sure, you can also buy a $3000 lens and a rare, black chrome M4 that will set you back another $2000. But that's the buyer's choice. That's not representative of Leicas overall. If you are comparing a Leica body and lens to a, say, Yashica GSN, ok fine, you win. But there are plenty of other lesser rangefinders that sell for way too high and aren't close to the quality of a good Leica.

I don't justify my Leica purchases. I like them, life is short, I'm not bankrupting my family, and oh, did I mention life is short?
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