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    recommend Leica review/article to convince my wife I need one

    Wife keeps asking why I need one, when I already have other 35mm cameras. Need sufficiently touchy-feely glowing reviews on M2/M3/M6 to help explain that they are worth so much money. Please advise.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Careful, wives have a sixth sense about that sort of thing. Like the time a friend and I set out to go fishing, then decided to do it in the bar. Before heading home we grabbed some flounder from the bait store as proof we had been fishing....neither wife bought it.

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    BetterSense it is real basic. When questions like this come up my girlfriend says, "You have spent your working years up to now earning money to buy things that other people thought they needed or they wanted. Now you have earned the right to buy things for yourself without having to justify or explain. If you will be happier having it and will use it, then certainly you should go ahead and buy it." This covers cameras, lenses, darkroom equipment, photographic supplies as well as parts and build ups for my offroading 4x4. [The list is much longer.]

    She also said that if your wife does not like hearing that, then my girlfriend would see if she can find "a line item replacement" for your wife.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    Careful, wives have a sixth sense about that sort of thing. Like the time a friend and I set out to go fishing, then decided to do it in the bar. Before heading home we grabbed some flounder from the bait store as proof we had been fishing....neither wife bought it.
    Of course, flounder is not a fresh water fish.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Also if you really have that many cameras, she would never know that you quietly added another one. And when she saw the most recent addition, she would not know that you just bought it.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    You want one but you think you need one.

    Your wife is aware that the first statement is true but knows the second isn't.

    Sell your other cameras to cover 75% of the cost, and you should be able to persuade her to allow you to buy one.

    Or you can just do what you want and deal with the consequences later.

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    All my other cameras aren't worth enough to make it worth selling them. I could sell them for maybe $300. That probably buys a Leica lens cap.

    What is the viewfinder magnification of a QL17GIII? I'm still not sure if I should be lusting after a .91 finder or .85 or .72.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    All my other cameras aren't worth enough to make it worth selling them. I could sell them for maybe $300. That probably buys a Leica lens cap.

    What is the viewfinder magnification of a QL17GIII? I'm still not sure if I should be lusting after a .91 finder or .85 or .72.
    If you want to convince your wife, I would avoid referring to your "lusting" after anything other than her.

    The only practical advice I can give you is to find some photographs that she might be inspired by, and show her the ones where a Leica was used.
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    search and replace "camera or leica" with "shoes" and repeat the general question to her. Will the shoes be worth the same amount if she keeps them for a couple years in good shape and then sells them.

    I'm not bitten with the leica bug, so maybe she's right. Just compare the M3 to a D800 or 5Dmk3

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    All my other cameras aren't worth enough to make it worth selling them. I could sell them for maybe $300. That probably buys a Leica lens cap.

    What is the viewfinder magnification of a QL17GIII? I'm still not sure if I should be lusting after a .91 finder or .85 or .72.
    It might be the case, but if you tell her that you will downsize your collection considerably, lets say from 20 down to 3 cameras, since that single one does it all. She might be convinced. I'm against hoarding myself, get rid off the stuff you don't use and collects dust... I'm looking at getting Leica, but I will sell all of my unused gear first.

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