Talk about your rock and your hard place. I've been kvetching for years about how photography—not the camera market, but creative photographers—need a B&W-only camera. At least one. As an option, a choice. I've made the argument why in detail several times and I'm aware that the number of people who don't agree with me and the number of people who don't care together constitute a majority—and I don't care about them, I still think I'm right.
It needs to happen for the sake of art if nothing else.
However I've also long thought that aitch-ee-double-toothpicks would freeze over before I'd buy another Leica. It's not that I don't like them, I do, certainly not that I don't respect them, I do, it's just that Leica is now photography's certified Veblen Good, its status symbol for the carriage trade, and I'm a tightwad and don't feel the need to outgas giant clouds of money in such fashion. However (another however? Angst, angst) I've also said that if anyone ever made a B&W-only digital camera I'd be forced to buy it just on general principles. Money where my mouth's been, and all that.
So now there's this rumor. Gak! Eek!
What am I gonna do if this is true?
Talk about yer dilemmas. The veritable double bind. I would be equally pleased if it were true and displeased if it were true. Disappointed if it isn't true and relieved if it isn't true. If it happens, it would either a) cost me a lot of silly money (I'd probably have to take out a bank loan) or b) prove I'm a hypocrite. If not a, b; if not b, a.
I am not copacetic. I don't even know what to hope. I guess I'll stop thinking about it before I pull a muscle in my brain but keep watching—warily, narrowly—out of the corner of one eye. If anybody knows anything, don't tell me.
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