So I’m getting ready to shoot a photo and this guy comes up to me — he’s maybe in his mid-to-late 20s, wearing skinny-jeans, a zippered hoodie, and one of those floppy-eared Tibetan-looking knit hats — he comes up and he says, “What is that, a little Leica?”
I tell him it’s a Fuji X10.
He says, “Fuji. Is that, like, Japanese?”
I say yes, it’s a Japanese company.
He says, “The Germans, they make great cameras.”
I take the shot, then agree with him.
He says, “You shouldn’t be shooting into the sun like that.”
I tell him I think it’ll be okay.
He says, “It’ll be over-exposed. Or under-exposed. I forget which. Over-exposed.”
I tell him I’m using spot metering, and take another shot.
He says, “Oh” then tells me he’s been thinking seriously about buying a Leica. “But they cost so much.”
I agree that they’re expensive cameras.
He says, “Spot metering,” then asks if he can see the photo.
It’s not a great photo, but I knew that when I was shooting it. I just liked the shadows. And sometimes you just want to see what a camera can do. Anyway, I show him the preview on the LCD.
He nods and repeats himself. “Well. Spot metering. And you shot that right into the glare of the…uh…thing there. And that’s a Fuji?”
I tell him I think they have spot metering on Leicas too.
He nods happily and says, “Cool.”
NOTE: Here’s a thing I’ve observed since I started using the little X10: most often people don’t even notice the camera. But when they DO notice it, they sometimes ask me about it. Nobody ever asked about the Nikon DSLR, which is also a very fine camera. I think that ‘retro’ look confuses and interests people.