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    are you an equipment snob ?

    i don't have any preference for the cameras i use.
    i have too many of them so just grab what it handy
    or that will be easiest to work with with the medium i am working with
    so, a 35mm or half frame or 110 might work, or if i am using paper negatives
    something bigger, but im not too particular ... that larger one might be a junky pre war box camera
    or a 8x10 camera ..

    i guess i am a little bit of an equipment snob, i don't really like too much auto
    cause i don't bother with any of that stuff, id like to over ride all of it ...

    so .. are YOU an equipment snob ?
    why, why not ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i don't have any preference for the cameras i use.
    i have too many of them so just grab what it handy
    or that will be easiest to work with with the medium i am working with
    so, a 35mm or half frame or 110 might work, or if i am using paper negatives
    something bigger, but im not too particular ... that larger one might be a junky pre war box camera
    or a 8x10 camera ..

    i guess i am a little bit of an equipment snob, i don't really like too much auto
    cause i don't bother with any of that stuff, id like to over ride all of it ...

    so .. are YOU an equipment snob ?
    why, why not ?
    Yes, yes I am. I had T-shirts made up, one for when I'm using my Linhof says "My other camera is a Deardorff" and another, for when I'm using the Deardorff says "My other camera is a Linhof".

    I wish I'd thought of this back when I owned two Leica M3s and a IIIG - I'd have had a shirt made that said "My other cameras are Leicas, too".

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    Oh yes. If I take out the M2 I'm in working mode and no excuse is permitted and the M2 is part of me. If I take out one of my other 10 cameras, they are toys and I am playing.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    I *like* equipment, but I don't feel like a snob about it. I just think the mechanical-age gestalt of mid-20th-century cameras, and the extensive manual involvement in using (especially) prewar large format, are enjoyable. But if anything I may be kind of a reverse snob, in that I'm more likely to admire the photographer who can get a good result from a Rube Goldberg[1] setup of scrap wood and chewing gum than the one who spent US$2,284,572,275,073.36 on the newest shiniest fanciest everything.

    It's a personality trait, I think; I'm the same way about cars, guitars, horses, garden tools, camping equipment...anything that functions as a tool, I admire good workmanship, I work best with tools I feel a personal "bond" with, but I'm kind of contemptuous when I see someone have the attitude "this tool isn't good enough for me". Man, if you could *really* ride, you'd be able to win that equitation class on a moose. Or whatever.

    -NT

    [1] That's American for "Heath Robinson", I believe.
    Nathan Tenny
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    The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
    -The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_

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    Ntenny,

    Here - (1)

    (1) There's a toolbar immediately above the message box when you click 'go advanced' for reply. It has sub-and superscript options.

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    No, not a gear snob. I have some nice gear in several formats but don't flaunt it and don't care what others think about it (or me). All I want is to be using gear that will get me the images. I often choose which gear would be best given the time, place, and subject... but that's all about choosing the right tool rather than snobbery.

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    Oh boy!

    Look at my prized possessions...
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    I wear through the chrome on my cameras just stroking them and calling them by name.
    See Monty Python's "Bruce"
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NB23 View Post
    Oh boy!

    Look at my prized possessions...
    She'll have lower back pain for sure.

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    I'll take care of that

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