Smaller Camera (Leica X-E)

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Independent of any considerations for what I photograph, I have another interest relative to photography.  I like small well engineered cameras like the Leica X-E in my hand above as well as the camera I used to make the picture, the Olympus TG-5.  For those who might be interested, I am in the process of checking out the above Leica which is an older used camera that is no longer in production.

One reason for my trying out this camera is that such cameras are unlikely to be built in the near future.  With the development of smartphones with cameras, the camera manufacturers and customers have turned away from small cameras.  If I like the smaller cameras and wish to continue to own and use them, I need to buy used ones before they all disappear.

Another reason for my preference for used, small cameras like the Leica X-E, is that I prefer simpler cameras with basic controls.  The newer camera manufacturers are in a race to see how much they can pack in the new cameras.  Most of the new stuff is a total waste for me and I don’t use all of their capabilities.

Another reason is that I like the challenge of using the older cameras with older technologies.  They usually have a single wider focal length lens and I like to use them to produce something of interest, if only of interest to me.

The final reason I like smaller cameras is that they are lightweight and easy to take with me, either in a small bag or pocket, or carried in my hand like shown above.

If I had something meaningful to photograph with them, I would be in my photographic Nirvana.

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