The ugliest Leica M7 you'll ever lay eyes upon

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by nathantw, Jun 9, 2006.

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    Tony Polson Guest

    Tony Polson, Jun 9, 2006
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    [BnH] Guest

    don't you think its sexy ? :D :D

    [BnH], Jun 10, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    The typical Leica "user"...who is more concerned about how nice it
    looks...than whether one can actually capture images with it.


    Now to all of you REAL Leica **users** can disregard this post.
    But lets face it, folks.
    -The ratio of Leicas that are actually used...compared with those that are
    merely "worn" isn't all too positive.
    Its a shame, too, because they really are nice pieces of equipment. It just
    strikes me as funny how many comments about them have to do with their
    color...their leather...their emblem...etc.

    There are other examples of this phenomenon, Leica doesn't have
    a corner on this...
    I have a Sony laptop (something I never imagined wanting to own due to their
    irritating business practices and horrid customer service) and the Sony
    forum (at has a high ratio of people who spend a good
    deal of effort talking about how to get the preferred "color" this, and the
    preferred "casing visual effect" that...none of which has anything whatever
    to do with the technical capabilities of the units! :)
    The funny thing is...the Sony SZ Premium notebook series is one amazing
    machine, with huge and unique power to suit my purposes like no other laptop
    on the market. -It's just that a lot of Sony buyers don't seem to care
    about that for actual use. They are too busy comparing (literally!) how
    much attention it gets them at Starbucks. -They actually POST about this!!

    Methinks there are a lot of Sony notebook buyers with Leicas around their
    necks...but no film.
    Do I paint a grim picture...or do I exaggerate?

    Mark², Jun 10, 2006
  5. Let's see: My M6 is covered with gaffers tape, so that no magic names or
    red dots are showing. Result: Looks like some old camera held together
    by tape (very nonthreatening).

    On the trek I just came back from, putting the 90mm lens back in the hip
    belt, I missed and the 90mm took a nose dive from waist height onto a
    concrete sidewalk, landing on the capped rubber shade. No apparent
    damage at all (apart from a slightly mangled lens cap), though I might
    get the centering checked...
    Chris Loffredo, Jun 10, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    As I said near the top..."Now to all of you REAL Leica **users** can
    disregard this post."
    Mark², Jun 10, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Hmm, why don't you just get a FED or Zorki badge to glue over the top, and
    preferably gold plate the camera and claim it was a 1931 Olympics special
    Peter Chant, Jun 10, 2006
  8. Reminds me of the guy who owned a bike shop in the Palo Alto area of
    California. He had a very nice hand made frame bike, but he painted it with
    khaki colored paint, applied by hand with a cheap brush, so it looked like a
    cheap Schwinn.....That way, it's chances of being stolen were markedly
    William Graham, Jun 10, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    I love it!
    -Sign of a real user/non-poser.
    Mark², Jun 10, 2006
  10. Define "real" in this context. Maybe the "real" Leica user is as you
    describe ;()
    Jeroen Wenting, Jun 11, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    Real, as in, "those who actually use them as photography tools."
    Mark², Jun 11, 2006
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    DD Guest

    Here's a Leica that I would personally pay a lot of money for: Leica.jpg

    Not my picture, but it is one of the cameras used by legendary rock
    photographer Jim Marshall. Must be worth a fortune...
    DD, Jun 12, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Mark² wrote:

    THe daft thing was, I saw a Russian Leica copy, gold plated, with Nazi
    emblem / Berlin Olympics, being sold on ebay as a fake, so no complaints to
    the seller. I thought it might be nice to have such a bit of tat if it was
    cheap. It went for over £100! Why?

    Peter Chant, Jun 12, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Give me a mint one and some emery cloth and I can sort one out for you...
    Peter Chant, Jun 12, 2006
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Just as shiny new cameras don't necessarily take better pictures than
    worn cameras, neither do badly worn cameras take better pictures.
    Mxsmanic, Jun 12, 2006
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    DD Guest

    Er, but it won't have the same historical value. Imagine the scenes
    Marshalls Leicas must have been witness to. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,
    Johnny Cash... A look through his book "Not Fade Away" gives you some

    I would have it encased in a lead glass box with a single spotlight
    illuminating it from above.
    DD, Jun 12, 2006
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    nathantw Guest

    Darn, it appears they changed the picture. It used to show the Pentax
    SLR. So, this post doesn't make any bit of sense now.
    nathantw, Jun 12, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    DD wrote:

    Blimey, its only a worn out camera...

    Peter Chant, Jun 14, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Mxsmanic wrote:

    Just to be clear, is it badly worn or well worn? English is a funny

    Peter Chant, Jun 14, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    Very true...and one of the very issues I'll be trying to explain to Ukranian
    students as they learn English. I'll be traveling to Ukraine in a couple
    weeks to help sort through these things...

    English is a very difficult language because of meaning-shifts like
    these--which seem nearly nonsensical to the learner.
    Mark², Jun 14, 2006
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