Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
I've experienced this phenomenon myself - I took shots with my Contax G2 that I would never have been able to take with an SLR. Maybe it's the immediacy and speed of operation, or maybe there's something about a rangefinder configuration that says "non-threatening" to the non-cognoscenti of cameras that enables this function.
I have noticed the same thing and have come to believe it's the size of the lens.

Holidays at my wife's family's homes everyone pulls out their point and shoots and fire away. When I used to pull out my Contax 139 with a 35 or 50mm lens and now my Nikon DSLR, all the women have a fit and don't want their photo taken.