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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Whenever I buy another camera I promise my wife that I'll sell one out of my collection. It's not hard keeping my promise since I own too many cameras to begin with.
    I say good luck with that. For me selling is a lot tougher than buying. It has become such a pain that I sold my entire Canon EOS setup straight to KEH a while back. Got about 50 cents on the dollar so I definitely did not make money but it got it out of my house pretty quickly.

    Over the years I have accumulated so much stuff that it could take me another 10 years to get it sold. I refuse to watch "Hoarders" anymore because my wife says; "I know one of those!" And she is only being partly snide.
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    It says here that Leica clarified that the titanium M9 only cost $26,000. Even though this is the camera you need, you are willing to settle???

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/13/l...re-a-32-000-c/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    I say good luck with that. For me selling is a lot tougher than buying. It has become such a pain that I sold my entire Canon EOS setup straight to KEH a while back. Got about 50 cents on the dollar so I definitely did not make money but it got it out of my house pretty quickly.

    Over the years I have accumulated so much stuff that it could take me another 10 years to get it sold. I refuse to watch "Hoarders" anymore because my wife says; "I know one of those!" And she is only being partly snide.
    I know the feeling. My wife has mentioned Hoarders too!

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    It's not just a camera, it's a family heirloom and you want your (future if not already present) kids to have something small, easily portable, and usable to remember you by.

    It'll save you $$$ by not wasting film due to missed focus due to the superior RF.

    It'll save you mental anguish by establishing that you have the best 35mm RF ever made. Don't mention you might want one with a meter inside next.

    It'll give her more time with you (or you more time to do house chores if she already sees enough of you) by stopping the search for 35mm RFs. Don't mention they take lenses that all look different from a span of nearly 100 years that mostly can be used with this camera, plus the other brands of lenses available. Plus RF style bags, accessories for the lenses, etc etc.

    It'll give you furthered sense of "Quality" as Pirsig put it in "Zen & Art of Moto. Maintenance" and thereby is a life improvement step not to be missed. Don't mention this might affect your choices in medium/large format cameras as well.

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    Please, please, please DO NOT...I repeat DO NOT (is that a double negative?) say this is the last camera you will ever need.
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    Sign up for a new email, start a Wordpress blog with it using a nom de plume, then write your own glowing review of whichever Leica you wish to buy. That way, you can custom tailor the "review" to fit your needs perfectly. Just don't let her find out.

    For added bonus, come back here after writing said review and have people comment on its spot-on evaluation on why you need one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    ...and deal with the consequences later.
    No! No! No! No! Nooooooooooooooooo...

    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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    Rather obviously, you don't *need* one.

    However, I've owned a few Leicas (not anymore) and they are fantastic cameras indeed.

    If I had to in some way justify the purchase of a Leica. I'd say this:

    'They are beautiful items, 100% functional, and hardly anyone makes beautiful items any more. It's a chance to own something remarkable".

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    When I cant convince Leica is better than japanese cameras in APUG , even comparing it to mercedes and I could not convince mercedes is better than toyota , you cant convince your wife to it. And if you need a article to explain everythiing to your wife , you have no idea what is leica is also so you have no business with it.

    But let me find you a way , buy a 60 dollar or cheaper ps Leica and just start with it , buy a fixed lens , not zoom , it will explain your wife and to you , how it does perform , 4 months later , when the gas bill cut , you open the matter again to your wife.
    一向寒山坐
    淹留三十年
    做来访亲友
    太半入黄泉
    渐减如残烛
    长流似逝川
    今朝对孤影
    不觉泪双悬

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    http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/m3.htm


    ... trying to review the LEICA M3 is about as meaningful as trying to review any other immortal masterwork, like Beethoven's 9th Symphony or the Mona Lisa.

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