Sure, the first MF camera I was wowed by was a Mamiya 1000S. Your analogy with Leica is a good one, but I look at it a different way. There are many nicely made 35mm Japanese cameras from the 70's rotting away on shelves, will no spare parts and limited serviceability. On the other hand, there is an entire eco-system for old Leica's. Likewise, Hasselblad. Also, I was born in Sweden, so there is a special attraction to something made there. Some decisions are best made with the heart. I don't spend money on cars (ride a motorbike), which saves me money every year, so I can afford this indulgence.
Originally Posted by StoneNYC