Originally Posted by airfrogusmc
Ha ha. Now that sounds familiar.
Ko, I didn't realize that I was rare but I am a full time pro that shoots Leica M and I am far from rich. I think that everything that Leica does to keep the cash flow coming in so they can afford to make cameras like the MM, M-D and the M 10 more power to them. They are a true alternative to all the other one size fits all options out there already. Rock on Leica with your special editions and workshops that I will probably never buy or attend but as I said if it helps the bottom line and keeps them making great cameras like the I previously mentioned that no one else will make that is a good thing in my opinion.
What is the difference between pizza and paid photographer?
We all know, right? I know for sure, because one of our daughter do.
Maybe it is still old business model in USA, but in Canada only very few could support themselves by photography. It is mostly partial income here for families. Couple of years ago public was outraged for liberals paying to photog to get pictures on some small and irrelevant convention. Why, if it is doable by mobile phone - this was the message.
This is how bad it is here. It is really bad, because I have seen my daughter paid portraits and yours. She is really good with her huge Canon, L lens and flash. Her small hand veins are getting big every time she has to use it. I think she will be good with smaller Panasonic or Fuji, but Canon is unbeatable for easy of controls and it is OVF. I guess we share same problem with her on EVFs. And, yes, Canon nearby fixed her main lens within few days and for reasonable money. She doesn't have loads of cameras like you do, so she can't wait for months as you did with Leica.
Any way while I'm not finding anything different in your paid portraits with what my daughter does with Canon, I like what you have done after work with same Leica cameras. And I never looked for bokeh in yours images. They are one of the rare occurrences where bokeh is irrelevant
And then here is Aleksei Makishev who lives by taking pictures and who switched to Leica long time ago.
And then Anna Bocharova who does product photography for living with Canon and walks after work for hours with Leica. Her prints are at Russian Museum in St.Peterburg currently.
Some old fortes at Magnum and this is it whom I know with Leica.
It is really next to nothing comparing to how many paid photographers I know with non RF cameras.
At P.O.T.N. you are the only one who is using Leica for paid photography. And I'm afraid you are the one on RFF as well. LUF is just bunch of hobiests as well. With some old pro photogs who used to use Leica at work.