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Thinking out loud about having the Leica Q

I own a lot of cameras. The above photo is from several years ago and it’s only gotten worse since then. What I don’t know is if it’s too many cameras.

Well of course it is, but what I need to decide is whether I mind having too many.

Inexpensive cameras are fine sitting on a shelf, waiting for a mood to strike. It’s the expensive ones that I wonder about. Specifically, it’s the Leica Q. What this is really about is whether to sell the Q.

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I bought the Q as a reward after selling my house. I had promised myself I could buy whatever camera I wanted, and I wanted the Q. The problem is that I haven’t used it all that much. Not enough to justify the cost of having it, certainly.

And still, just picking up the camera makes me happy. I love just about everything about it, and I know me. I know that if I sell it I’ll regret it. I learned something long ago about my camera habit, and that is, “never sell a Leica”.

But I think of all the things I could do with the money from selling the Q and it really does seem like a mistake to keep it. On the other hand, I bought it under conditions I had agreed with myself about ahead of time. I don’t feel guilty having it. I mostly feel wasteful.

Sigh. The dilemma remains. Thanks for listening.

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  1. That’s quite a collection Jack. Your challenge might be to decide if it’s the Leica that’s ‘wasteful’ to keep or if one (or more) of the others should go. Use the Leica more and I bet it will help your decision (if any). Kind of a fun dilemma to have. You do take pictures well regardless of which camera you use (which is probably not a helpful comment in resolving your dilemma, I know). Good luck, have fun.

    • Thanks Joe! If I weren’t so attached to so many of them it would be easier :). Also, prices on good film gear is going up, not down, so anything I sell would end up costing me more to replace later. Digital, on the other hand, almost always depreciates.