View Full Version : Spouses + Ms

Roger Hicks
01-14-2011, 14:40
Who else has a spouse who uses Ms or M-mount? What lenses do they use? Do their camera/lens choices differ from yours? What other cameras do they use?

Frances uses Leica, ZI and Voigtländer, and her favourite lenses are 18mm (Zeiss), 50mm (Summarit) and 90mm (Summicron or Apo-Lanthar). She also likes her Alpa 12 S/WA with 6x9 back and 35 Apo-Grandagon.



01-14-2011, 14:54
my girlfriend has a leica cl with a jupiter-8 I gave her. apart from that her lens choices depend on what lens I am not using. she's not shooting much at the moment though.

Brian Legge
01-14-2011, 15:11
My wife goes for the Rolleicord or Nikon F4s. She doesn't really see the appeal of rangefinders.

Edit: As for Ms, I've never shot with one myself. I doubt my Ali will ever find herself interested in using one. At least for the moment, smaller LTM camera work better for me [if only one had 35mm frame lines I'd be set indefinitely ;) ]

Pickett Wilson
01-14-2011, 15:14
My wife has no interest at all in cameras, so I get to keep all my toys.

01-14-2011, 15:22
My wife is a great photographer but has fairly serious astigmatism in her shooting eye and has trouble focusing an RF even with correction. She has several Nikon SLRs and dSLRs.


01-14-2011, 15:24
Can I order me up one with a black MP and 35 cron asph? She of course has to be willing to share.

01-14-2011, 15:25
my fella appreciates my love of photography, doesn't notice when a new camera or lens appears out of nowhere (they look all the same to him!), puts up with me when i drag him to yet another exhibition, and cool enough to help me build my second darkroom. i have let him look through the viewfinder a couple of times, but it's just not his thing. he's happy with his iphone camera, better so!

01-14-2011, 15:32
My wife can't get around focusing a rangefinder or SLR film camera, but is perfectly happy with her D50 Canon and two D300 bodies. Lenses 10-18mm, short range zoom, 50mm F1.8 (Lightsucker), and 70-300mm. She has a good eye.

Shooting our son's rock concert tommorow night, 2000+ attendence venue. Should be fun!

01-14-2011, 15:40
My wife shoots digital, I'm stuck with film. She loves her Lumix P&S. Has a great eye, too.

01-14-2011, 15:49
Wife shoots P&S digital, but she is great with a 12 gauge shotgun. I'm a dutiful husband.

I should say that her refusal to learn anything more than program mode has repeatedly been a problem. When out, she rarely has her camera and yet wants to take a photo of me. Of course, she refuses to learn how to use the rangefinder. Needless to say, I'm generally absent from family photos.

01-14-2011, 17:01
Eric seems to LOVE Crons his FAVorite and Sloooow lenses like
the 35 summaron 2.8&3.5 & 50 Elmar
He Appreciates ALL Gear and can't part w. his Toys

as for Moi
I seem to be a Lux & Nokton Girl
chasing Fast lenses
and now because of 'HIM ' seem to really Dig F2 & Crons
No strings Atttached...I part with my Gear easily
and All the Time...:eek:

Because of me Eric has tried almost every M camera & Lens
as he croutches over his assorted lenses, M2 & IIIfrd with clenched Teeth
I'm a whirlwind to Live with...:angel:

01-14-2011, 17:14
be strong, Eric!


01-14-2011, 17:29
mine will use whatever I stick in her hands...

25 years ago, pregnant and using my M4...

last year with an M8

01-14-2011, 17:41
I'm shopping for one of those now.

Phil Forrest

01-14-2011, 17:46
Nope, wish she were that interested. I've gotten her a number of cameras, film & digital, but the one she keeps in her purse is an Oly Stylus Epic Zoom 80 (38-80mm zoom lens) film clamshell. Occasionally she even uses it... But that's what makes her happy & she is good about my photography so I count myself lucky.

01-14-2011, 17:54
My spouse......
Lumix ZS-5 At least is has a "Leica" branded lens :p

@wlewisiii (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=511)
I am the same boat as you... And, I too am glad she has no issues with my buying gear and film.

01-14-2011, 17:54
Sadly thought she can she refuses to use cameras that have her thinking too much. Use to be an AE-1 Program or N2020, now it's DP&S.

All in all I'm not complaining.

B2 (;->

01-14-2011, 17:57
Wife? What's a Wife? :D

surfer dude
01-14-2011, 23:51
My wife Sue uses a Rolleiflex and a Holga - this is one of her recent shots:


My son James uses a Mamiya 7 and a Nikon F5 and my other son Alex uses a small Sony compact digital, and occasionally my E1.

We like photography.

Mister E
01-15-2011, 00:08
My wife will use whatever I put in her hands but only very rarely.

01-15-2011, 03:03
I never found a girl that is into photography. My wife is thinking of getting divorced because of all my 35 and 120 girlfriends....

01-15-2011, 03:24
Interesting thread.

My own partner enjoys photography, but draws the line at anything where she has to deal with aperture and shutter speed choices. She did the whole manual slr and darkroom thing with an OM1 a long time before I got into photography, and I think it took the fun out of it for her.

These days she takes most pics with her iphone and a little digital point and shoot, both of which are used for a little video too. She has a great eye for detail, and also loves to crop, and to be honest I admire her uncomplicated appreciation for photography.

Having a partner who is into photography, does not change my preference for shooting alone however, although we do both find ourselves with cameras together when on holiday.

Richard G
01-15-2011, 04:34
M Leicas are great. If I'd bought an M9 this morning my wife would never know it from a 50 year old M2. My 13 year old son would quickly spill the beans though.

01-15-2011, 04:55
Wife? What's a Wife? :D

Someone who can boost a man's annual household income and therefore increase the amount in his gear budget.;)

To be fair, Roger did say spouse.

Nikon Bob
01-15-2011, 05:09
My wife is pretty hard to impress and Leica dosn't do it for her. She happily uses a Panny FZ 50 for her needs. That is perfect for me, she is happy and it costs me little.


robert blu
01-15-2011, 05:17
My wife likes to take pictures and takes many...too many! She uses a simple film Nikon SRL, where only has to choice among the symbol of the mountain or the flower or the face or the running man. But she is getting a good eye. I plan to buy her a DSRL to spare some money in printing. She ask me to teach her to use manual camera but then she prefers the automatic one...

01-15-2011, 05:21
Spouses and M's?

My wife has a D90 (and I'm thinking about a X1 for the mistress - that's the "M", right?). She has a couple of pro photographer friends who got me interested again after a long absence. She likes the ease of digital; I, film (but borrow her Nikon often).

I am in love with the composite woman here: cosmopolitan and terrific with a fast Leica, breaks clays with the boys and can fly a bush plane in the Rockies. (Send pictures and I'll see to the X1. Dying to borrow it.)


01-15-2011, 05:26
No spouse here...:(

Nikon Bob
01-15-2011, 16:05
No spouse here...:(

That's a problem?


01-15-2011, 16:12
No spouse, no girlfriend = one Leica M4, one M8, one M9, two 4x5s, a bunch of nice lenses and no one to make snarky comments about it. Life is grand. ;)

Phil Forrest

01-16-2011, 01:52
That's a problem?

Not really, got two Ms. :D:D M4 and M6.

Richard G
01-16-2011, 03:12
For a male camera addict I would reverse the usual form of this. What is the definition of a successful woman? She who can earn money faster than her husband can spend it. And the definition of a successful man? He who can find such a wife.

01-16-2011, 03:17
I have to show my wife every time she uses her Nikon P&S how to turn it on and what button to mash (press) to take a picture. She lost the camera case the last time she used the camera.

If she can recognize what she took a picture of it is a good picture in her eyes.

01-16-2011, 03:27
My wife uses her Nikkormat FTN she got when she went off to college, '74. But she often likes to just ask me for whatever is hanging on my neck. I oblige, it seems to allow the toys to keep coming.

Stuart John
03-10-2011, 07:02
My wife did use a Nikon F50 and a Tamron 28-200. Now she just uses my digital Ixus. She does not like rangefinders or manual SLRs.

03-10-2011, 07:26
My wife doesn't like using the M9 or Zeiss Ikon. When I had an FM3a, she would at least agree to use it to take a group photo, for example.

When I got a GF1 and 20/1.7, she had taken it within a few weeks. Now it is hers. She prefers the 20mm prime to the zoom and sees no reason to use M lenses with the adapter. We have the EVF for the GF1, but she doesn't like it. She prefers the LCD on the back.

She mostly uses the GF1 to take photos of her quilts, clothes, and other sewing projects.

03-10-2011, 07:43
She is not very comfortable with it...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5299/5514713453_05f4bd8056_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogierwillems/5514713453/)
P1010479 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogierwillems/5514713453/) by Rogier Diver (http://www.flickr.com/people/rogierwillems/), on Flickr

03-10-2011, 07:43
My girlfriend has a Nikon DSLR and a 24-120 lens. She thinks using film is stupid (but has learned to say polite things about my photography just the same.)

03-10-2011, 07:50
Not a M, but my wife use with joy my Bessa R.
Interestingly, she preferred FL 50mm (Canon 50/1.8) over FL 35mm.
Classical taste...

Otherwise, a Canon G10.

03-10-2011, 08:00
My wife shoots M's passively and tries to help my with my addiction.