Lust on the street.

Leica M2

I started my street photography class this week, and think I’m really going to enjoy it. It’s going to be a bit more hands on than I thought – while the first two classes are going to be in the classroom, looking at the work of great street photographers and talking about it, the following eight weeks are going to be in the city, with an hour for discussion and then two hours of being off on our own taking photographs. I like it because it’s a way of forcing myself to get out on the street with a camera at least once a week for a solid block of time.

In the first class, we looked at a lot of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus. But the class became a bit distracted by one of the students who, on the break, started to pull out their cameras for people to have a look at. When he’d introduced himself, he’d mentioned that he loved Leicas and the depth of his love became evident as he pulled out not one, not two, not even three but FOUR Leicas. M2. M4. M7. M9. I don’t even want to think about how much it all was worth – the M7 is worth about $4.5K and he said he got the M9 for $7K. That’s just about $12K right there, excluding the two older cameras and the lenses. Sheesh. But he really did just love them to bits – he said he stayed up til about 11pm or so every night, cleaning them after he got home from work.

It got me to thinking… The past week or so I’ve been lusting over the upcoming Fuji X-Pro1. I was thisclose at one point to ordering it, but I love my X100 so much that besides not really feeling like I need it, I don’t really want to buy a digital camera that will take my attention away from it. A used Leica M6 + lens would actually set me back slightly less than the X-Pro1 and would be a much smarter investment. So that’s what I’m thinking…I might go check one out next weekend… or I might decide that the money is better spent on other things, like a new desk chair, an upgrade to Photoshop 5 and new glasses. That would be the rational thing to do.

Of course, I’m not always the most rational person.

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