Seen from a technical perspective the days of Leica M3, Nikon F, Canon A, etc. are over but from a legacy point of view they’re not. Their ruggedness/shortcommings will for always be regarded as brilliant mechanical devices and this has without doubt inspired the whole world of camera makers.
Seen from a photographic perspective, imagine this: Invert history. The old days were filled with megapixels, high ISO performance, billions of photos, global availability, cheap flights, etc. Then, society decided to stop this and restrict camera availability, no more digital, lousy ISO ranges, paper only, and no internet.
What would we then think if we then heard of Ansel, Henri and Robert and saw the grainy, rough, 10 zone pictures? Would we be impressed? Some would perhaps be but the majority most likely not.
And, why is the Leica M9 still such an almost iconic object? Why do we long for a digital “FM”? Why are we never satisfied with what’s available to us?
The M9 is not about the sensor or its LCD, the “FM” is probably just a romatic dream, the constant “more, more, more” is what the world has become. Will it ever stop? No. Do we want it to stop? No.
Would we, truly, be less happy if it did stop? No.
Edited by stenrasmussen, 06 August 2012 - 10:33 .