In order to not fully keep derailing Lauren’s thread, continuing my post from here: Podcast add-on/status update - Laurens
And dragging this thread completely off topic, more and more I’m thinking about making lists and talking about and getting into with people on interesting hobbies and activities that don’t involve the Internet at all. The mechanics of vision improvement, yea sure whatever. But goalpost of 20/20, what to do with it, that’s where it’s at.
Like now playing with old rangefinder cameras with manual focus, you want great eyesight (and no astigmatism) for sure. Fall into a fun hobby, have a reason to see better.
So the ongoing backdrop to the story is, I’m always on the hunt for things to not tempt me to look at screens.
Internet / screen stuff is an addiction. It’s always present and it’s not going away. My approach to it, rather than fight it, is find other, more useful addictions to tempt one instead.
Kind of why I try to update my Instagram, sort of an occasional catalog of … stuff that’s not on screens. Kitesurfing was one of the big lucky hits as far as eating up a lot of not-screen-time.
I realize though that’s quite niche and also impractical for a lot of people. You need water and wind and gear and plenty of time for that one.
So when lately I fell into the rabbit hole of old timey photography, once again feeling like maybe, just maybe there’s one for more people.
In my younger days it was all film and no auto focus and not really great automatic exposure I even learned to develop film (just black and white). Loved it as a kid, though couldn’t afford a whole lot of film rolls.
When a friend here suggested playing with manual cameras, I went on a research binge, which led me to the very divisive (and of course with all things divisive, interesting) topic of Leica cameras.
A company that makes a manual focus only camera, in 2020. Something not marketed as “tha latest features bomb of the moment, 8k stabilized AI processing thingie-thing”.
Lots of people seem to hate it. Sure, probably because expensive and a lot of snobbery around anything that’s defying standard norms and Chinese manufacturing based price tags. Or whatever, surely humans care about status.
I bought one, anyway. Second hand. They’re not outrageous second hand. And they don’t really lose much value at all from there.
Haven’t put it down, since. It’s “wearable”. No case. It’s something that causes you to fiddle with, adjust, tweak, it is a bit like gaming in that you have to get BETTER at the thing, to get a better outcome. And not in front of a screen.
It’s vexing. And fun. And a reason to go outside and actually be looking at things.
I do also own just about every other kind of digital camera. Never used any of them to take pictures, just for the Youtube stuff. 70D, M6, Osmo, RX100, EOS R, GoPros, etc etc etc lenses etc.
Seems part of the point is that you CAN’T go to let the thing do the work for you. And something about rangefinder-ness. You see the actual thing, not a through-lens depiction of it.
Also finding that people react very differently to it, vs. having a phone camera shoved in their face. Something about the old-school-ness perhaps, the reactions are super fun and playful, not annoyed - or preening, as per standard reaction to phone cameras.
Glad to share more on what I found in the semi-deep-dive on research on this one. It’s absolutely silly and has no point at all. Other than, the hours we might be not spending then scrolling through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, binging on Netflix, etc.