sacral wrote in post #16261378
I'm slowing down my "business," and want to pursue other photographic endeavors, namely documenting family things, memories with my wife, etc. I find that toting around a 5DmkII, even with a little 50/1.4 is still too cumbersome. Street and candid photography in the PJ style is looking more and more appealing to me as well.
Granted, I've never held a Leica M or anything of the sort, but the image quality from something like the Summilux lenses seems to be outstanding and unmatched, though the prices are outlandish.
Specifically, portability, discretion, and being unobtrusive and unintimidating with a camera is the name of the game here.
Has anyone ever given any thought to a system changeup like this?? I can get so much camera for the money with the Nikon and Canon systems, but the quality of the Leica lenses along with the portability and non-assuming nature of the camera itself make that system seem more appealing. Granted, the learning curve will be steep...I've shot with a rangefinder ONCE in my entire life...
Shooting a Leica is shooting a rangefinder, and shooting a rangefinder offers a different experience from shooting a DSLR. This is the biggest consideration. Yes, Leica lenses are, for the most part, technically superior to what Canon or Nikon have to offer, but what Canon, Nikon, and the like offer is still excellent (but then again, I generally believe that most lenses made in the past 60 years are good enough if not superb, so I'm not the one to ask).
Also, at least to start off with, you can get some great M-mount lenses from Zeiss and Voigtlander that won't drain the bank, or an older but still exceptional used Leica lens.
However, as for the cretinous 'celebrities use Leica' arguments, well celebrities also drink water. So if one is not going to use something because a fraction of its users don't appeal to you, then one might not want to use most things that we depend on for life.
Leica is a camera, a remarkably well-built one at that, and it's not the camera's fault who uses it or how they use it. And really, do we need to point out all the lunkheaded suburbanite idiots who lug around a huge DSLR just to show off their big white lenses? So folks, does such 'guilt by association' devalue your DSLR or telephoto L lens?
Again, it's a different system; one that you might prefer or not, so maybe, if possible, you can rent one.
I shoot a iiif and an M2, and if in some hypothetically strange world in which I was forced to shoot a DSLR only, I would probably quit photography altogether. That's obviously me, and no one else, but my point is that you really need to consider the differences of operation and ergonomics involved when using a rangefinder.