Something about Leica owners photographing cats..
Old 04-15-2019   #1
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Something about Leica owners photographing cats..

From the 'M10 has destroyed the used M10 market' thread:
"And great news for the rest of 'us' once they realize they can't tell any difference in their cat pics and have become bored"

As someone who actually does get paid to photograph cats on occasion, I can say my new to me Typ 262 will make a huge difference.

First shot out, with the venerable Canon 50/1.4, ISO 3200, lit by iPad light.




In all seriousness, photographing pets (or children) without AF is a pain. But I'm very pleased to finally have a camera from this decade that I can crank up past ISO 320.
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Old 04-15-2019   #2
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I can crank up my Zorki 4 past iso 320
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Old 04-15-2019   #3
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I just recently picked up an M262 myself, and though I don't have a cat, I did have to take the obligatory "test" shot of my dog around the house...

Also, I gotta say I'm really really loving the M262. I thought I might have chosen wrong by not getting the M240, but I think I made the best choice after all. I don't need video or live view really.
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That's not a cat...lol...
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That's not a cat...lol...
Remember when people used to take pictures of their tuna ?
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I photographed our cat with every camera I have or used to have in our house.

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Flickr seems to make it looks soft.
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Old 04-15-2019   #7
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I photograph my cat for two reasons: (1) After buying Leica I cannot afford photography expeditions; (2) The only thing that is still enough to focus using my m8's rangefinder is my cat when it is sleeping. And even then it's a crap shoot if it happens to yawn.

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Old 04-15-2019   #8
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Remember when people used to take pictures of their tuna ?
Tuna..whats that...?? Yu Crazy Huss...lol..

Drummer Kat..taken w/35mm f1.4 Summilux pre..and Sony A72..sorry Leica..!
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My only cat photos were taken 38 years before I ever owned a Leica. And they are somewhere in a box under a pile of boxes.


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Old 04-16-2019   #12
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I just recently picked up an M262 myself, and though I don't have a cat, I did have to take the obligatory "test" shot of my dog around the house...

Also, I gotta say I'm really really loving the M262. I thought I might have chosen wrong by not getting the M240, but I think I made the best choice after all. I don't need video or live view really.
An ocho! That was my brother's nickname for our family Aussie (still adventurous as ever at 16) of long-forgotten origin, that's come to mean any specimen of the breed for us.

As for the camera: I am loving it, too. Woke up in a sweat the other night after I plunked down the payment wondering why the heck I was trading up in the first place, again worrying if I ought to have saved $100 and gotten an older 240, and yet again thinking I ought to have gone whole hog on the M10.

Well, I could have bought several cameras or lenses with the difference of the M10, and the peace of mind of the newer camera was worth the small difference over the 240. No interest in video or live view either. Seems to be very polarizing opinions. I figure I've got an iPhone for snapshot videos and an old Panasonic for the very little 'real' video I do that takes the same lenses.

I know it's gotten a lot better in the intervening years, but I used to use a D3s for work years ago, and the live view on that was just impossibly clunky. Don't see any reason to seek out a camera for that experience again. I also don't see the appeal of putting SLR lenses on it, when I've already got an SLR. I'd rather be able to put my LTM lenses on the Nikon.

The new guy at my local dealer is a refugee from the Leica Store and has been bugging me to trade up to one of their piles of 262s they've got sitting around, trade-ins from the M10. Got a good deal from Adorama; my last two used purchases from them were DOA but this one's a keeper.

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The only thing that is still enough to focus using my m8's rangefinder is my cat when it is sleeping. And even then it's a crap shoot if it happens to yawn.
Ha! I did some work for a cat cafe around here. Trying to keep up with 23 cats with no AF was an adventure. Even more so when I pulled out the camcorder and the dead-cat mike sock quickly went missing...
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Guilty as charged.

But in my defense, my black cat is a good test of dynamic range. Very difficult to photograph her and not either block "shadows" or blow highlights or background. I think I need a new lens to deal with this
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Leica owners photographing their cats may supplant the dentist meme.
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Do rich lawyers..use Leicas..?
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Live view on my M240 is fantastic for checking for rf accuracy with any lens, focus shift at different apertures, adapting other lenses, using the leveling grid feature for landscape or architectural work.
Other than that it is useless.
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Leica owners photographing their cats may supplant the dentist meme.
I’d actually say that other cameras are used far more for
cat snaps. My Z7 w macro lens provides so much detail that when I focus on BooBoo’s eye, I can actually see what she is thinking. And I wish I hadn't.
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My cat is psychic..it knows what I'm thinking all the time..and it is pissed off..that I don't photograph it..with a Leica M10..
It distains Sony cams..
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My cat is psychic..it knows what I'm thinking all the time..and it is pissed off..that I don't photograph it..with a Leica M10..
It distains Sony cams..

Interesting. My cats both hate D/SLRs. They have good taste (what cat doesn't?) and really warm up to the Leicas
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My cat has posed for my Sonys (video or A6000) more than any other camera I own.
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My dog on the other hand...luvs Sony cams..
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Re: dentists...I always associated them with titanium bicycles. I've never known a Serotta rider that wasn't a dentist. A little while back I stopped in my neighborhood bike co-op that must have had 5 or so of them, and a friend joked that something horrible must have happened at a local dental convention...

My cat doesn't seem to mind an SLR too much. That's one piece of equipment that gets used more to photograph cats than anything else: my brother left an old Micro-Nikkor at my house years and years ago and refuses to let me give it back to him. I don't have much use for it, so I'll pop it on and run through a short roll from the end of a bulk roll just for the heck of it taking pictures of things around the house.


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And a personal favorite, my SO's cat, a rescue from a very sad situation outside Spokane. He's afraid of everything, but wonderfully loving. M5, 35 Biogon, TMY in Perceptol
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I poured over Masahisa Fukase's book of cat photos, The Strawhat Cat, at the LA Art Book Fair. I almost bought it just to show people that cat photos don't have to be boring.
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Ian, I'm glad your SO is making a once unhappy feline feel at home. My own cat was a rescued stray and she's going to be 16 in July. She was fearful and hated being inside. That's changed, to say the least! No authorized Leica pic of her as I'm in the process of buying an MA and a lens (Zeiss 35 Distagon?).
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Our cats are endlessly fascinating and a camera at the ready is easier with something small close by like a rangefinder. I don't have mine in a case or a bag usually. My cat doesn't mind being photographed, except for his sixth sense of dashing off just when I've finished setting up. You have to be quick with cats sometimes, so an always-on rapid focus device with minimal shutter lag is just right. The second shot was with an M5, I think, and a tiny Voigtlander 25mm that was resting on the piano next to where I sit.
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And it's not just our own cats. This fellow trots into the forecourt of our building at work on a regular basis, probably bored by his dull life at home in a street nearby. He is a flaneur of sorts. Enjoys looking, and enjoys being noticed and admired. Murakami loves cats, but doesn't keep one. He has several nearby where he lives. They are his friends he says. He sees them daily.



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My father was a dentist. He bought me a Leica, but used Olympus.
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Cats like a life of luxury and ease and so pick people with luxury cameras. Being photographed is a small price to pay...


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My best Leica cat pictures have been taken with a Barnack. That may change.

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