Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/11

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Subject: [Leica] Leica sighting, or how I tripped on a rude person....
From: wrs111445 at (Bill Smith)
Date: Tue Apr 11 00:32:59 2006

I wonder if they are not unfriendly, but just afraid of getting their $$$$$$ 
Leica ripped off?

Javier Perez <> wrote:  Yes
That's pretty much the working rule. There is of course one exception.
When a group of M users run into another group of M users, it's
OK to talk.

>From: Austin Burbridge 
>Reply-To: Leica Users Group 
>To: Leica Users Group 
>Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica sighting, or how I tripped on a rude person....
>Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 00:23:37 -0700
>On Apr 10, 2006, at 20:38, Slobodan Dimitrov wrote:
>>I have noticed in the past that bumping into Leica using persons on the 
>>street is, more often than not, not an invitation for conversation.
>Nothing makes me squirm like someone remarking my Leica in a public place.
>I do not wish to advertise that I am carrying a camera+lens which costs 
>more than my car (I admit, it is an old car). I had to save up for years 
>to buy my Leica rig, and I could not replace it in the event of theft or 
>loss. Most people just think I'm carrying an old, 
>too-small-to-be-professional camera, not one of the big sexy SLRs. Maybe a 
>thief will pass me by for one of those obviously expensive big hunks of 
>plastic and glass. (And maybe I've never gotten over the theft of my first 
>Leica. A good tool is an extension of the body; losing my Leica would be 
>like an amputation.)
>Also, I am one of those who put a strip of black tape over the red dot. 
>When I am on the street, trying to forget about the tools, to contemplate 
>the moment and the spectacle, I really don't want to encourage discussion 
>about the equipment. I want the picture -- and the people around me -- to 
>be about what *they are doing*, and not about what *I* am doing.
>When I see somebody else with a Leica, the most I might do is to ask for a 
>URL to see the work. But mostly, I try to give the photographer the same 
>consideration which I would like given me -- which is to ignore him, 
>Having said that, someone who is trying to make a friendly remark should 
>be treated with tact and courtesy.
>A U S T I N ,
>Austin Burbridge,
>Expose for Shadows/Develop for Highlights
>Cinema Minima 
>Leica Users Group.
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