Gave away a Leica: am I crazy?
Old 12-04-2012   #1
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Gave away a Leica: am I crazy?

So I gave away my beloved IIIf today. Have I taken leave of my senses?
Long story short, I have a friend and colleague who recognised my M2 the first time she saw it, and went on to explain that she was a very keen photographer when she was young, using Pentax SLRs and her grandfather's M Leica, which was stolen from a beach some time in the '90s, after which the passion seems to have died. She also did her own developing. We often end up talking photography and I keep trying to persuade her that she needs to get back in the saddle. In the end I decided to leave her with no excuse not to, by giving her one of my cameras. I weighed up the options but, given the sad theft of her own Leica back in the day, in the end I figured I had no choice. It had to be...
So my beloved IIIf (with Jupiter 8) has a new home. It's a camera I'd picked up very cheaply and have heartily enjoyed, so it owed me nothing, and doubtless I'll get another IIIf soon enough (or save up for a IIIg).
So: have I taken leave of my senses - or did I do the right thing in attempting to bring a former Leica user back into the world of rangefinder photography?
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Old 12-04-2012   #2
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Good for you, I think it's a nice thing to have done!

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Old 12-04-2012   #3
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A Chinese proverb says "Happiness lies in granting than taking". I am sure you got your share of happiness.
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When I notice your title first I thought that you are crazy but after reading a full story you did a right thing. Hats of for you!
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Old 12-04-2012   #5
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I hope so aperture64! She had actually mentioned some time ago that she may still have Leica lenses at her parents' house and that she'd look them out to give me next time she goes back. So I'm now hoping (a) she does still have some lenses and (b) they are LTM lenses that will fit her new IIIf.
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Old 12-04-2012   #6
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Your next IIIf will come at a stupidly good price as a way of karma rewarding you for such a good deed.
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I gave away my user Nikon F2 w/ 50mm 1.4 Nikkor to a fellow RFF member a couple of months ago because he needed an SLR camera, and I have too many sitting around. My only stipulation was that he passes it on to another person who could use it once he tires of it.
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Old 12-04-2012   #8
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I think it was a great idea. PM me when you decide to give away another
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Old 12-04-2012   #9
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Is she also hot?
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Old 12-04-2012   #10
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JMQ, that's an excellent stipulation! I may have to add a backdated clause, along with a second clause that she joins RFF and posts her images!
Zeshootist, I'll be sure to PM you ;-) though if such strange impulses strike again I might first have to consult a psychiatrist or therapist to help me break the cycle before it becomes a habit
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Good Karma heading your way!!!

I saw Black IIIg (down by a Professional) -- It looks very nice!!!
Pricey though!

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Old 12-04-2012   #12
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siracusa, you absolutely did the right thing! It's a very nice feeling getting back in the Leica saddle.
I do like the "pass it on" stipulation, neat idea!
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Good for you. Your camera karma will be rewarded.
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I think you did the right thing. No need to have second thoughts about it. "What goes around comes around" is the old saying, and you will be amply rewarded in the future for your kindness.
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Not crazy, a good friend. Hopefully this good deed will inspire her to shoot again. If not I am sure she will deliver the camera your way again. But if so.. what a wonderful thing to see your friend alive in photography again!
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Well done. You made someone very happy.
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Great story. Really nice to read something as positive and uplifting as this. Am a firm believer in karma and yours will now be greatly improved.
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This is what I was thinking.
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Old 12-04-2012   #19
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I saw Black IIIg (down by a Professional) -- It looks very nice!!!
Pricey though!

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You did the right thing for you...

I recently gave away a camera & lens to a friend who stated that she always wanted to take pictures but for whatever reason had given up on that dream...
I'm no hero...it was a camera & lens that was given to me at one point...I don't miss it at all and am actually happier that she has it and it is being used instead of sitting on the shelf like it had been...
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This is what I was thinking.
Me too.....
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You did a good thing.

A while ago I gave away a near-mint D70 + 18-70 with less than 3,000 actuations on it because it'd been gathering dust (metaphorically) since I got a D300. Except for a lens test I literally had not used it for months. I have an old friend who is interested in photography but was going through a rough patch financially and I thought it might lift his spirits. He uses it a lot and I don't regret it for an instant.

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Nice story. Though personally, as a general principle, I don't give away anything for free because I learned a long time ago that when you give people freebies they don't appreciate it as much or get a weird sense of entitlement. So whenever I spot young photographers with talent, I sometimes sell them my old gear at a generous discount instead.

Good idea to get her to join RFF and post pics here. That would serve as additional encouragement to ensure she keeps using the camera.
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>she saw it

from here I knew rest of story without reading

>after which the passion seems to have died

Sometimes people need some outer factor to trigger them...and sometimes I wonder if that ever helps. Generally, if anyone wants [s]he just does it without excuses. Let's hope this is first case, she needed a little trigger.

>So my beloved IIIf (with Jupiter 8) has a new home. It's a
>camera I'd picked up very cheaply and have heartily enjoyed,

Wonderful act of detachment from things! Too many gearheads can't part from a single filter not to mention camera which shows mental desease. I'm trying this treatment from time to time but must admit I'm not most successful person in this, sadly.

As for karma, I don't think it works "one out, one in". It gives or returns what is best for a person, but parting with physical objects is easiest part of life, at least, should be. Salut!
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Nice gesture Siracusa.

I recently sold one of my babies. It didn't really need to go, but a friend had mentioned she wanted a Leica. So I cut her a deal on a Leica III and a 50mm Elmar. She was quite happy and I'm glad it went to a loving home.
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you are definitely good friend. I'm sure your friend is extremely grateful.
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I think its right nice of you to do that! I got into rangefinders after a fellow RFF member gave me a Bessa R2 a few yrs ago. Hopefully your gifted Leica will get her back into photography and kindle a love of rangefinders too.
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I think that's awesome, very nice gesture!
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Are you crazy? No, you're a nice person. Sure, I've also seen what Ruhayat describes, Though personally, as a general principle, I don't give away anything for free because I learned a long time ago that when you give people freebies they don't appreciate it as much or get a weird sense of entitlement but it's a risk I'll take -- with the right person.

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Well done, I say! I think she will put it to good use. And if you are crazy, it is in right way.
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As someone who was given a Leica IIf with a RS Elmar, I can tell you that you are not crazy.

I am personally very grateful for people like you. Even though I was attracted to LTM Leicas for years, I doubt that I would have ever bought one. Now I hardly ever leave home without it!
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Good karma for sure!

Even better karma to give a gift and not tell anyone.
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Good karma for sure!

Even better karma to give a gift and not tell anyone.
That's what I was thinking too . The inner workings of the human mind is a constant stream of moral contradictions...

"Crazy" would be to give something away, regret it and demand it back.

I have a black M3 that I never really use, I should give it away too! ( to whom I wonder... hmm... preferably someone hot... hmmm )

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Nice story. Though personally, as a general principle, I don't give away anything for free because I learned a long time ago that when you give people freebies they don't appreciate it as much or get a weird sense of entitlement. So whenever I spot young photographers with talent, I sometimes sell them my old gear at a generous discount instead.
It always depends on people. I would rather say that a Gift Intended is a Gift Accepted. So if your intentions are good your gift will be much valued.
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