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Old 01-02-2016   #1
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Talking is that (Leica M6) a Fujifilm...

Today I took a short walk with my M6 (red Leica dot) and a guy asked me "is that a Fujifilm?".

Kinda funny, isn't it? In the past every old camera was "spotted" as Leica and now things seem to turn around in camera land
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Old 01-02-2016   #2
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I was asked the same thing while carrying a Leica IIIc.
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I was asked that when carrying an X100
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That is funny. I had the reverse comments often in the past, but not this way around yet.

OT but I've had "Is that the new retro looking Triumph?" asking me riding my 1966 T120R more than a few times.
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Today I took a short walk with my M6 (red Leica dot) and a guy asked me "is that a Fujifilm?".

Kinda funny, isn't it? In the past every old camera was "spotted" as Leica and now things seem to turn around in camera land
At least they didn't ask "Is that a Hasselblad?"
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Old 01-02-2016   #6
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i generally get asked if my leica is a holga

is that any better\worse?
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i generally get asked if my leica is a holga

is that any better\worse?
probably worse
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People mistake my Rolleiflex for a Leica.

Digitalisation has progressed too far in the Netherlands...
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People mistake my Rolleiflex for a Leica.

Digitalisation has progressed too far in the Netherlands...
LoL I could see a Yashica Mat but a Leica?
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My Leotax Elite with Nikkor was mistaken for a digital Fuji recently
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At least they didn't ask "Is that a Hasselblad?"
I get asked that sometimes when I'm out with a 4x5 Technika. Apparently anything larger than 35mm is a Hasselblad.
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When the X100 first came out, I would get "Nice Leica" all the time... mostly from older men.
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on the other hand, no one has asked if my fuji xt1 is a leica ... a few have said "cute camera" though
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Today I took a short walk with my M6 (red Leica dot) and a guy asked me "is that a Fujifilm?".
Yep, this has also happen to me on several occasions ; they are astonished beyond belief to have encountered someone photographing with two Leicas .
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Usually it's my 4x5 that gets questions, generally asking if I'm shooting video.
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LoL I could see a Yashica Mat but a Leica?
People have mistaken my Yashica-D for a Rollei... I didn't always correct them.
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Haha,

I've had vendors at a local camera swap ask me if my then M4-2 was a M8.

Most of them had no idea what a trigger winder was... I ended up spoiling the two frames on my roll just to show off my rapidwinder a dozen times.

Since, I've never taken a word without salt from that crew.
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Usually it's my 4x5 that gets questions, generally asking if I'm shooting video.
now that's surreal funny. maybe clamp a mic to it for grins.
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There's a Fuji tower near my place. I took a picture of it with a Nikon.
I could have borrowed my wife's X20 though

what's a fuji tower

beautiful picture btw, i just dont know what it is
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I've had someone spot my M3 and ask how I liked 'that new Fuji' - it lead to a pleasant conversation, if nothing else. Now I need a bumper sticker for my X100T - "My other Fuji's a Leica".
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Most pay no attention to my Leicas. It is the Graflex and the Rolleiflex that start conversations. Instead of getting upset people volunteer to get their pictures taken.
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I'm always amused by people who black out their Leica's engravings, or absolutely must get rid of the dreaded red dot for fear of attracting legions of thieves. Hardly anyone knows what a Leica is, and even fewer really care. As for myself, I have had a Leica mistaken for a Bessa, and a Bessa mistaken for a Leica.

If I want to really confuse the few knowledgeable people who will recognize cameras, I carry around my Kodak Ektra.

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Actually, one of the reason I sold Bessa R and purchaised IIf was because people on the local streets keeps on asking me - is it Leica? And instead of - yes, I have to mumble some stories.
No kidding.

And I was confused with M6 first time I've seen it. It was kinda plastic.

Mimicry isn't uncommon. I was checking at black lenses with red ring on some strangers cameras.
Appears, to be not Canon L I have, but some dirt-cheap Sameyoung something.
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Usually it's my 4x5 that gets questions, generally asking if I'm shooting video.
Yes, I get the video question a lot too. Followed by a long rant about how the news always ignores some local issue in favor of reporting on something else which is totally irrelevant. I think that having a tripod means you can influence editorial decisions at fox, or something like that. If only....
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on the other hand, no one has asked if my fuji xt1 is a leica ... a few have said "cute camera" though
Actually, the X-T1 (since sold mine) is one of the few times I've ever had someone ask if I was shooting a Leica. He was half right I guess... I had a 35mm Leica lens on it at the time I've had several people ask if my Fuji X100 was a Leica or an old film camera though.

Pretty funny to imagine someone mistaking an M6 for a new Fuji. I think we've come full circle in the world of imitation as flattery or something there, hahaha.
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I looked straight at a Fuji X100 on some guy's chest, months after having one myself, and it still took me a long time to confirm that I was not looking at a Leica.

My favourite was a keen young woman who spotted my chrome M5 and Zeiss C Sonnar with its grand bayonet mount black hood. "That's a cute camera: I've got one at home just like it." I bet she didn't.
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"That's a cute camera: I've got one at home just like it." I bet she didn't.
HA! Yeah I get that too. Several times someone has said that when I've had my Linhof Master Technika out. Suuuuure.
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i generally get asked if my leica is a holga

is that any better\worse?
Eeek!
I have a Holga but it is the CMYK edition, so I don't think people would relate it to my Leica.

On the other hand, there are some nice people out there - a Japanese couple once recognised my Hasselblad, and even asked to take a photo of it!
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I'm always amused by people who black out their Leica's engravings, or absolutely must get rid of the dreaded red dot for fear of attracting legions of thieves. Hardly anyone knows what a Leica is, and even fewer really care. As for myself, I have had a Leica mistaken for a Bessa, and a Bessa mistaken for a Leica.

If I want to really confuse the few knowledgeable people who will recognize cameras, I carry around my Kodak Ektra.

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I never thought of blacking out the red dot!
But I suppose like you said, not many people know Leicas (in the age of digital where people are more concerned if your camera is Canon or Nikon)...
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At least he asked if it was a FujiFILM

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Today I took a short walk with my M6 (red Leica dot) and a guy asked me "is that a Fujifilm?".
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At least he asked if it was a FujiFILM

Good point but it was Hp5+
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There's a Fuji tower near my place. I took a picture of it with a Nikon.
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....... My favourite was a keen young woman who spotted my chrome M5 and Zeiss C Sonnar with its grand bayonet mount black hood. "That's a cute camera: I've got one at home just like it." I bet she didn't.
Might have been fun finding out, though. The road not taken.
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Funny, I have thought about this a bit in recent times.
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Funny, I have thought about this a bit in recent times.

It's actually not always a good thing. I recall walking around with my chrome M6 classic and pre-asph 35 'lux combo maybe five or six years ago and it was clearly the 'quirky old camera' that seemed to elicit strange looks, smiles and invite the odd question here and there but was great for being generally inoffensive looking.

Nowadays however, I have often thought that since the advent of the retro Fuji X kind of stuff in recent years (especially silver and black models) that the air of innocence that used to accompany such classic kit has been reduced somewhat. I feel that people assume that they are simply just modern digital cameras, albeit with retro styling.

If anybody misses the 'old days' at all, my advice is to use a Rolleiflex, for the time being it would seem that this is still a safe bet. Such a great camera in public, the only disadvantage perhaps being that random people will suddenly come up to you and start talking about it due to the art deco/steampunk charms that seem to seduce everyone, even non-photographers!
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When I have my Fujifilm in public I lie and tell strangers it's just an old film camera; their likeness couldn't possibly appear on the internet.
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Agreed. Most people, even amateur photographers, know very little about old cameras beyond the ones they may have encountered personally (in photo class, from family, etc.) & RFs are a subniche within the vintage camera niche. Among photo enthusiasts (folks who can tell the difference between Nikon & Canon dslrs & Sony/etc. mirrorless), my non-Leica rangefinders, including Ektras, are often called "Leicas." My Leicas have similarly been confused w/everything from Fuji X series (pretty common & logical given the resemblance) to Pentax K1000s (I think because most of my cameras are chrome).

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I'm always amused by people who black out their Leica's engravings, or absolutely must get rid of the dreaded red dot for fear of attracting legions of thieves. Hardly anyone knows what a Leica is, and even fewer really care. As for myself, I have had a Leica mistaken for a Bessa, and a Bessa mistaken for a Leica.

If I want to really confuse the few knowledgeable people who will recognize cameras, I carry around my Kodak Ektra.

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Just black taped my Fuji X-T1. I wonder what folks will think I am carrying?
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I've had people mistaken my Yashica Electro35 GS for a Leica and had people ask if my X100S is a film camera.
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Thought about this some more and looked at some of my street pics of late, it seems that in Bangkok at least there are loads of cool young kids walking around with black and chrome styled mirrorless cameras these days. Can't expect non-camera people to be able to tell them apart I suppose.
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