Originally Posted by muser53
That someone feels a sense of alienation because they cannot afford a (luxury) item indicates a degree of entitlement (and envy) I do not understand. A Leica is far removed from the necessities of life. Now if we were talking about food, shelter, a decent paying job and or access to and education then that's a whole other story.
Off to work now...I'll let you all ponder this.
Nail on the head. The thread title was: Has Leica alienated photographers
...not has Leica alienated people who desire expensive luxury goods...
In the film era, a Leica camera was a necessity of life for many working photographers.
Even then, there were cheaper options to get the job done, so to speak. (There's always a cheaper way to do most anything). But owning a Leica meant better reliability and optics for the price. Increasing the working photographer's chances at survival basically.
Perhaps Leica still excel at optics but at least on their digital cameras, the reliability edge seems to be gone. And we are left with just the high price and high expectations. The competition offers six of one, half dozen of the other, at a much lower price.
As Morrissey sang (in The Queen is Dead): Has the world changed or have I changed? (It is always a little of both).