“I don’t think of it as difficult. It would be difficult if I were carrying something heavy, but I carry Leicas. You can't talk about it that way. I’m not operating a shovel and getting tired.” - Garry Winogrand
While the camera is just a tool, I wanted a faster 35mm lens that provided better sharpness at the edges of the frame when working at its widest aperture, and bought a Leica R5 and a used Leitz Summilux 35mm 1.4 lens. The first time I saw slides made with that Summilux lens - during the National Geographic workshop in Steamboat Springs - they popped off the light table and blew me away. After injuring my back as a Navy officer, I downsized to a Leica rangefinder.
Light and unobtrusive, the Leica rangefinder combines superb optics, craftsmanship, and simplicity, in a camera that I can always carry with me - and always do.
Built to last, the cameras continue documenting what I see during my days and nights.
“The sign at the entrance to my gym locker room says, no cell phones please, cell phones are cameras. They are not. A camera is a Nikon or a Leica or Rolleiflex, and when you strike someone with one, they know they have been hit with something substantial.” - Danny Lyon