“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 wide open, so I bought a Leica R5 and a 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 M6TTL and M7 rangefinders combine superb optics, craftsmanship, and simplicity in a camera that I can always carry with me - and I always do.
Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar recently refurbished my sixteen-year-old M7 camera.
Built to last, both cameras continue recording 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