This report for JT primarily, but you all may be interested.
Have you noticed the change in the camera mix here? More and more photographers are using something other than M series Leicas. For example during the last 30 days, 1200 pictures have been posted at LI. (compare Ag2Si which posted 140 in the same period.)
Of these 1200 pictures:
240 came from M9 cameras from basically 4 photographers: Nemlich, CED, Friedeye, Horst, with a few postings by others.
32 from M Monochrom cameras, mostly from Cancan, Jrbelmuda and Ioss
72 came from M8 cameras, almost all from Handgun, Horst, bwibowo, Ndr3n
Film cameras accounted for:
64 came from M6 cameras, most of those from Vidisorin
16 from M3 cameras, almost all from Desmolicious
And a few came from the compact X1
24 from X1 cameras, mostly from Evje, and Mengkudu
So, in the last 30 days, 424 pictures were made with Leica M cameras, and all these were posted by 10 photographers,
In the last 30 days 752 pictures were made with non-Leica cameras, by more than 30 photographers.
So, during the last 30 days, 75% of the photographers used non-Leica M cameras, and were responsible for 65% of the pictures posted.
Many of those non-Leica M cameras had Leica branded lenses.
What can we infer from this data?
That the cost of owning Leica M digital cameras is driving Leicaphiles towards mirrorless cameras that can mount their Leica glass?
That compact camera with Leica glass are more convenient to carry around?
Any opinions, anyone?
Also of the 2000+ members listed on LI, only 40 have posted during the last 30 days. Any ideas about this? Are we not encouraging people to post? Is the talk about excluding non-Leica camera pictures, driving some people away from the site?
Are we not being generous enough with our comments, or is our reluctance to comment on pictures disappointing newbies?
Like to hear from at least 40 photographers (regular contributors.)
One thing is certain, the quality of the pictures posted here is improving every week.