From Steve: Received this post and thought it was worth posting after the last post on cameras and equipment. Benedict used a cel phone to take this shot of his newborn baby. Gorgeous photo but sad story that I would hope is an isolated incident. Still, I congratulate Benedikt on the new baby and the beautiful photo!
I used many cameras ranging from fantastic analog SLRs (Nikon F3), over digital compact cameras (Casio EX200), to digital SLRs (Olympus E520). About two years ago I read about the Leica M9 for the first time and was catched immediately. During that time the camera was soooo out of my league that I could only dream about it while reading blogs such as yours or Overgaards. About nine months ago came my chance: my wife got pregnant! – I managed to convince her on how important it is to have good pictures of our child and that the only way to get really good pictures is to buy THE camera. I knew that I needed time to practice focusing, so within the next three months I saved all my money, robbed my savings account and finally bought the M9 with a beautiful 35mm Summicron ASPH. From then on, I used the camera daily to practice my skills and get used to the camera. And then came the day: our daughter got born. Full of excitement I grabbed the camera for the first few shots and …. it failed!!! The shutter clicked but didn’t open!! Holy crap! I spend thousands of dollars on a camera that fails in the only moment it just MUST NOT fail!! Endless minutes passed by but the thing just didn’t work anymore! NONE of my previous cameras – no matter how crappy they were – had ever failed me! Do you feel my pain? Luckily I had my phone with me. And here it is: the picture which I would like my Leica to have taken, but instead was shot with a Samsung Galaxy S 2.