If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
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A visitor to the gallery had his a la carte Leica MP with him. The Leica a la carte program allows customers to create their own Leica MP or M7 cameras. You can mock up your dream camera with theironline configuration program (and then sadly sigh as you close the browser window upon seeing the final total).
While we were chatting about cameras in general and Leicas in particular I suggested that a Leica M is a purchase one doesn’t regret.
He paused, then quietly said “I only regret that I didn’t get it sooner.”
This sentiment can be said for any desired camera you might have, not just Leicas.
If there’s one out there you want just go for it. You’ll be glad you did.