There are lots of facts & opinions about Leica out there, this is surely not a breakthrough in this subject. I have always wanted to share my thoughts about why I've decided to join the red dot club (so as many of you). This is by no mean trying to convert, implant or spread out any Leicaness or Leica-ism. The followings are questions that people asked me or comments I have heard of. Just for fun guys!! Remember, if you are one of Leica man/ woman (or Canon/ Nikon/ etc. man& woman, whatever), please feel free to share your comments!! P.S. I only use Leica M-System, so I reserve my comment about other stuff like S, compact, etc.
Q: What's so good about it, why is it so expensive? Is it the best camera? (A typical initial response)
Me: Umm..yeah, it is really costly, I dun know what so good about it. It feels good in my hands, gives a really great handling and some sort of spiritual support. Whether it is the best camera or not, that depends on whoever uses it. I like mine. In my opinion, it's probably the brand, marketing and its legacy that add up the price. Moreover, they're handmade in Germany so imagine the labour cost... The crazy collectors also hike up the price, but this only applies to certain items, not the whole. On the other hand, Leica stuff retains the best resell value, a lot of them also appreciate over time!
Q: Your photos look great, it's definitely Leica's magic! -> this one I kinda hate the most. It's like telling Picasso that his painting looks great because of the brush!
Me: Well, the camera doesn't take a photo by itself. It's totally up to you (or me) to create that magic, hihi :D
Q: Compared to xxx brand, yyy model with zzz features; is Leica better? (for an actual test or result, just google one of those test nerds' site/ blog)
Me: Nah, there are lots of better cameras in the market, especially if you compare cost performance per pixel, Leica might rank one of the worst at the bottom. Leica offers a nice package of size, design and image quality. Judging whether one is better or not, is a subjective matter.
Q: Then why do you still use it? That's not very smart..(sort of true -_-;)
Me: I like its simplicity of design and functionality, this allows the user to focus more on capturing the image, framing the shot, thinking about composition, angle, etc. rather than spending time to adjust fancy function and shoot on a burst mode to get hundred of photos per second. Much more than the result, I really enjoy the ease of use and the process of taking the picture itself. I was very disappointed to see the result when I first acquired my first digital M, M8. But later on, I realize the things about this M-system is the fun of shooting, the chat with other owners & its history before each item, etc.
Q: Wow, that's a nice camera/lens, how much does it cost? (by someone who is not into camera stuff).
Me: Thanks, it's a bit expensive, you can google it if really interested. I can suggest a few places you can get a used one (most people are just interested in a price tag without knowing the details anyway).
Q: Why do you need so many cameras/ lenses? Just one camera is enough, you are not a pro.
Me: It's a joy of trying different combo and seeing different results. It's like having different sets of cloths to pair yourself with. I guess Leica is more about lifestyle than its functionality as a camera.
Q: How do you zoom? (mostly when asking someone to take my own photo)
Me: (walking closer to the camera) This is how you do it! Hihihi, the camera is so expensive, yet, offers no zoom function!
Q: What do you like about Leica?
Me: Getting to know about its history: body, lens, special/ rare item, serial no., etc. I can assure you that most Leica users have certain degree of knowledge about the history. Most of all, the fact that the camera offers minimum functionality, yet pushes me to learn more about things one needs to know about photography ;D