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Rather than "sexy", "beautiful" is the word I would use, but I think we all know what Peter was getting at. Some cameras just look so good, it's hard not to stare, fondle them and dare I say it...drool over them. When they feel as good and natural in your hands as they look, when the camera works to near perfection, it's even better.
Beauty is to some great measure in the eye of the beholder. While I like the look and concept of the new SL, I'm not sure if it falls into that category of beautiful cameras for me just yet. I love the Nikon F2, Leica R8/R9, Leica S and too many others to name here. I'll just add a photo of a few of my personal favorites, a trio of Swedish beauties...I'll be darned if they aren't almost "sexy". :-)
And since this is a Leica thread.....one of my favorites, the R8 with motordrive. :-)
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SL sexy, no. Its utilitarian.
If it were a kitchen implement it would be cake mixer. hmmm, cake, now I am hungry.
It improves when a lens is mounted as that hides some of the body.
IMO the Leica X1/X2 is more sexy to look at.
Machinery sexy rather than beach sexy...here's my take. It can't be machinery sexy unless it's got tactile appeal. I've just had a fondle and it's seriously sexy. It feels absolutely right. I've got big hands and it feels very similar to my Alpa STC with a handgrip on it. It's also a complete weapon, you know that a single tap with the SL will see off any assailant. It is nothing like the Sony which feels cheap, too small and too flimsy by comparison. With the zoom lens it's remarkably well balanced but so heavy. I like it...a lot, in the same way as I like film Ms a lot. Pity about the AUD$11K price tag.
The day I think of machinery as sexy will be the day I admit that I'm past it.
I don't fondle anything that can't fondle me back. And I don't get romantically entangled with my cameras.
Just in case, and for the avoidance of doubt, I don't fondle my Leica.
I also agree with the OP
The Sony A7 was widely trashed on it's announcement by those invested elsewhere.
Hmmm, I think I agree with Guy. I don't often disagree with Peter A on much, but I can't get my design eye to buy into this SL's over-all look.
I don't like my women, cars, or cameras to look boney, angular and slab sided.
I still think the S is one of the most beautiful cameras, but do not think this SL is a mini S ... at least not in design terms.
Frankly, it does look like a bigger Sony A7, which I also don't particularly think is an attractive industrial design.
Thank God the SL looks like it does ... it makes it easier to resist the expensive siren's song from Leica.
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I still think that the S is much more sexy than the SL, but maybe that's only me.
Having said that, I meanwhile got used to the SL look and although I do not find it sexy by any means, for me it looks and feels very functional, great in hand and a dream to shoot - which is what is sexy
Well, sex sells!
Life is an ever changing journey
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I think it is very interesting in the video to see all those various cameras--the ones we are most interested in, next to each other, from RX1 to SL
What does it matter how it looks? From the comparisons on dpreview it's an obvious non performer. Reminds me of a Sony Blad.
By all means ignore the photography by many strong reviewers, and let's base our opinion on a site which could never manage a full review of the M9 at all.
Hope you all know I was joking as I have not seen this thing in person yet. I just don't view cameras as sexy, there just tools to me. Now cars maybe a different thing . Lol
I'm a little over 40 years jaded on cameras. All I want is for them to work the way I think. Well that will never happen but you get the idea.
Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
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All sexual preferences seem to have become respectable.
But can we agree it's a boy?
My favourite camera of all time (by far) is the XPan and my dream is to see a digital version of same because ( frankly) I can't be bothered going through the chemical development thing anymore and still have over a hundred rolls of undeveloped exposed film to do...
the point of the photo above is to say that we all have our unique way of seeing and photography to me is an individual exercise of aesthetic - sometimes but not always appealing to other viewers...
for those of you who have taken some kind offence at my use of the 'hook' word "sexy" I don't apologise at all.
for those of you who think I may be losing the plot describing a camera as being 'the sexiest thing Leica has ever made' I share your appreciation of both the M / R and S aesthetic I have owned all and except for R9 still do...
my definition of sexy is something so beautiful that it draws me to wish to fondle...
beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say...note the sexy BP MP pictured above - very high fondle factor I can assure you all..
Photography for me is two part story one part is testing stuff all the time for myself because I am the only judge of what works for me and what doesn't..the second part is making and printing photographs - and I can't get excited about using cameras or lenses which I don't like holding/fondling - I can't dissociate the tactile sensations of the tool I am using from the actual process and I don't think that this is a particularly eccentric or strange way to be..
As for wether the SL is the sexiest camera Leica has ever made- well ....it is a landmark design in my eyes - and I look forward to hooking my M lenses on to it and not having to worry about back or front focus issues with my fast glass...I'll be posting photos when I get my SL early in the New Year- when they arrive down here.
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