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D. Diggler wrote:
What do you tell them as to the "why"?
I tell them that I don't want me or my cameras to be the centre of attention. I tell them that my little Leicas let them be the centre of attention. I tell them my Leicas make it easy for people to ignore me and let me get in closer than I could with a big DSLR. Then I point out a 50 inch print on the studio walls.
Also my shooting partner does carry a pair of 1 series bodies. But he shoots almost exclusively candidly and from a distance. But the couples don't usually meet him until we arrive. Interestingly a couple of weeks ago we had a guest approach me and ask me when I had turned up. He hadn't actually noticed there was two of us there. He had noticed the guy with the 1Ds2 and 1D4 roaming around but not the one with the EM5 crouched at the front of the aisle... Honestly that's true.
I know this is a perception topic but the quality thing has been broached. For the EM5. Currently it has more DR than any Canon camera except the 5D3 and 1Dx. That includes the 5D2, 7D and 1DS3. The files may look thinner but the headroom is just silly. Shadows aren't as strong as my old 5D2 but at least there's no banding. And with the EVF it's actually difficult to screw up an exposure. Nikons have more DR with their Sony sensors but it's not as much as you might think and you need to spend many times the price of an EM5 to get it.
The M9 is probably one of the most flawed cameras ever made if you compare it to cameras released around the same time. But if you like working within the thin band where it works in it's unbeleivable. No CCD camera is a high ISO champion, including MF backs. So I don't know why people expect the M9 to be different. Plus I shoot at F1.0. I don't need anything over about ISO 640. AT base ISO the detail and accutace is like nothing I've ever seen in a 35mm sensor. And in my opinion the glass is so much better than anything Canon makes. I've owned most of the L primes to 135mm and none of them compare to the Leica equivalent, except maybe the 85L. It's never been my style to shoot in total darkness and want to produce light noisless files. I've never used CAF on any of my cameras at a wedding. I don't shoot video, except of the kids and I shoot 90% primes. And I can focus an M9 more accurately and faster than a 5D2 in a dim reception.
A CCD rangefinder with no AF, centre weighted metering, no macro, no zooms and no automation is the wrong camera for 95% of photographers. For the vast majority a DSLR is a better choice. But there's always the 5%.