Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by craig_smith|5, Jan 28, 2002.
what is the average age of folks on this site? I reckon about 57?
Interesting question. From some of the responses lately I would say
12. Actually I am 53 years old.
A very talented 32 by all accounts,riding the famous Isle of Man TT
mountain circuit at the age of 13! And I'm a plumber?
Hello Craig. I'm 48 ..and have used Leica from age 16.
43.3333 so far
It matters not.
By the quality of some of the recent responses I would say
about 11. The sophmoric posting/reply activity of the past month or
so is bound to happen. I just don't think it's possible to have a
public forum where people are always demonstrate common courtesy and
restraint. It has never been possible before has it? I suppose we
all want to be heard.
Like anything else for public consumption, if its ignored long enough
it eventually dies.
It is unfortunate.
I was asking out of interest Jeff,what was that all about?
I'm a whole 23
I am 58.I think and behave like a much younger person!Its been a
problem.My same age friends want to sit on rockers and i want to
travel if not to the stars,at least all I can do now!!!
I cant wait to get up and get out there in case I miss something.
I think all artists need to see the world like kids..like for the 1st
time.Tomorrow nite off to Fetish Masquerade! Sorry NO cameras!
I'm 43... will be 44 in April. Not too many shopping days left, so
get moving. I'm registered at Tamarkin's. ;-)
Getting older and older... 24 .
47 going on 28. But then again, some days it feels like I'm going on
It was nothing personal. My apologies if I offended you. I'm 41.
20 tomorrow. Ugh. Getting old.
Its not the years, its the mileage. But if it were just the years,
How did you know I'll be 57 in March?
This is an extremly mean question, but I try to be honest: my age is
56 yrs but my relationship to the LEICA-camera is more than 30 yrs
So: which counts more?
I´am af0raid, your 57 guess is more or less spot on! Which puts you
close to a extremely good photographer.
An even 50.
Will you post your statistical conclusions once you have enough answers (how many will be enough . . .?) ?
My contribution: 54 until July the 27th
I'm in the same age group as the youngest of the "whipper-snappers" in
the Magnum Agency.
So I guess that means I'm doing something wrong!
18 with 33 years experience.
Hey Ivan , is it me , or does your link lead to my self portrait ?
I am 46 years young and a Leica convert for the past four years
after 35 years of Nikon F, F2, F3... (8>))--Albert
I'm just over 27. Getting old... ;-(
Right now I'm 47, but this morning I could have sworn I was 67,
53 in a couple of weeks.
Next month I will celebrate my 29th birthday. As I have done for the
past 18 years.
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It is the
life in your years."
32 and counting, Leica user since I was 24
I'm 56. Being younger than your estimated average makes me feel pretty
good for a change. I suspect your average will change, however.
I'm immortal. I only exist in pictures.
Coming 48. Been using Leica since 1973...one year before my wife was
Just turned 44 this month (got myself Leica 10X25 Binos from Delta
International for a birthday present
Handled my first leica when I was about 25, bought my first leica (a
used M3 system)when I was 38.
I have a feeling the average age at this site is about 10 years
younger than you guessed.
I'm 61 and I have been using Leica M cameras for over 35
I am 48 years and ONE DAY old. My birthday is 28th January.
53, going on about 25.
Forty-nine (the site software wouldn't let me put "49"!!)
39 dreading 40, which strikes in two months. a present -- motor
drive, 135mm, etc. -- might make the blow easier to bear.
Turning 30 in about 4 days... but it is only my body, not my mind!
What a shame that youth is wasted on the young. 53 in March.
57 in April - just average, really
38, but has the back and knee of a 65. Handled an M at 12 (Dad's),
finally bought one at 33. Mind leaves the body once in a while to the
edge of the universe. Hasn't lost its way back, yet. Happy belated
birthdays to all who's had theirs in the last few days Happy
Am not born of this Earth and so never will die.
Always was and will always be.
My mind has no beginning and no end.
But my heart is a childs heart.
Wondrous beauty everywhere........
Forty years young! So what's the average age?
39, just caught the tail end of the Year of the Tiger.
23, and 24 in 11 more days! Leica user since since February
2000, with many more years to come...
The original Star Trek series first aired 5 days before I was born. I used to
watch it, wonder what it would be like in the year 2000, and noted that I
would be the same age as Capt. Kirk was in the series. Y2K is when all the
aches and pains started manifesting themselves, and that I actually had to
train before jumping on my bike for a 100 mile weekend, etc.
It's gotten better now, and I now realize the serenity and wisdom that come
with age (which, y'know, I don't waste around here! ;-) and look forward to
more of it.
42 hard years
I'm 41 just one year older than my M3 - but inside normaly just a big
42 inside and out
47, same age as the Leica M3 and the Fender Stratocaster.
I'm 53, photography since 1964, Leica since 1975. Cheers Y'all
36 years human; 22 years photography; 8 months Leica;
55 ... M4 since 1971 /Lars
Actual 62. but varies between 20 and 90+.
Leica user since age 18. Collector since about age 30.
Still stick to my trusted M3 and 111g
Have 'small' website if anyone interested
Regards to All,
Hey ! Big Bro !
I'm a silent Observer
I'm 47, born in 1954 like the M3. I've been an M6 users for 18
months, but still have the manual Nikons.
Sorry, I thought my picture was me. Post your own and lets have the
forum decide who is who.
I fit your average exactly.
1 year old. Leica age.
I'll be 38 in two weeks. This makes the average (excluding
immortals,the first average, 5-year old and Startrek reference) 43.7
years. In Leica-time I'm only 2 months. But hey, I'm 20 in medium
34, and glad to be among the younger folks here.
I'm 78+++, and started with a IIIc in 1945. Old age just ain't for sissies! < grin >. Using an M-4 (with M2 viewfinder masks) and an
early M6 - - - when I can pry it out of my 75 year old spouse's greedy fingers. Biggest problem for both of us was developing
cataracts (now gone!) that really cut down on our ability to focus and compose.
Hmm... I was born on the 4th of July, 1957. A year old Leica convert
and 2 years FM2n user.
I am told that the Leica Standard was
My Mum said that the Leica IID(chrome version) was introduced to mark
Please delete line one of my previous post. Line two is the correct
quotation (memmory going).
I'm 31,... seems the average age is still around 42.8 years old..
59-Leica user since 1960 (IIIf), currently M-2 and M-6. If you work
at using them, they work for you.
Pushing the average up I guess.
I am about same age as first Leica M3 camera (born in 1953 right?)
How Leica will celebrate Leica M 50 years anniversary next year?
Don't worry. To be amongst the younger folks here is something that
time will certainly cure sooner than later.
I had the same problem time ago but it's gone now with no effort on
36 and still confused...
I'm 15 years old.I have been using an old Leica M4-2/35mm f2,which I
worked for long and hard,I think I washed about 6 million pots to buy
I've been a Leica photographer for 6 months.
OH NOOOOOOOOO! This sends my average right down Chad!
Yes, Ivan, "Time's winged chariot [is] drawing near." Thought I
could just walk slowly . . .
I'm 74.Always feel guilty on this group as I prefer SLR's. Please
don't flame me. Started in'45 with a Luftwaffe 3C for which the
previous owner had no further use. Being a retired airframe driver,I
don't have a great deal of disposeable income. Use an SL and an R4.
Do you have any prints from your early days as a photographer? I'd
love to see them (regardless of the camera!).
Exactly Peter Olsson's calculated average.
age 25 years
Boring average as always...42
nirvana lead vocalist kurt cobain died at the age of 27.
the doors lead vocalist jim morrison died at the age of 27.
guitar god jimi hendrix died at the age of 27.
I am 31. I started as a photographer at age 11. So I have 220 years
of experience, dog years at least.
I am surprised at all the 18 to 35'er out there. makes me feel that
Leica is attracting the younger generation as well as the older.
Happy thoughts everyone.
I'm 53.Bought nikon FM in 1975,then EM,F3,N90.I bought Leica M6 in
1993 with 35 and 50 cron,and added m3 with 24mm asph last year.Since
then i sold n90 and autozoom lens.Now my favarite len is leica 24mm
f2 asph.Amazingly sharp len.
Happy Birthday to all
I'm 56 and counting. M3 with scummy collapseable cron since 99. Love
Regards to all.
72. Leica M's since 1960; Leica R's since 1992. Occasional
flirtations with 4X5 and Nikon.
48 at the end of this week, photographing since 1980, using Leica M's
(on & off)since 1985 & now using a M6TTL as my primary camera...
47, with two M-6's (Classic and Black Paint) currently in hard
use. First Leica an M-2 at age 16. Many M's and R's between
then and now, and, despite some quirks in the R-3 to R-8 era,
I've loved them all!
I now have the distinction of having two birthdays. One tells the
world that I am 58 (and having used Leica M's for 44 of these years)
and the other one indicates 3 months+. That was the day I got my
Stemcell Transplant and was told by the oncologist "regard this as
your new birthday". - He gave me a clean bill of health a week ago
and with some physio I will soon be back to carrying at least 3 M's
and assorted lenses without a sore back. - Life does throw you a
curve-ball now and then, but in general it is great!
Tom congrats with your 3+/12 with many more to come!
I'll be 60 next week. That makes 41 M years for me. My Dad is buying
himself a new lens for his M6, for his 94th bday coming up soon.
Do not know what are the rules here, but since Craig did not post the
average age until now I try it:
It is just under 49 yrs so far (48,7)!
Not too bad after the initial 57 guess. But our younger friends like
Chad R., Ken K., Leonid and Kristan D. helped a lot to get to this
Before others calculate: the steps between my two desks were too much
for my 50 odd yr. old brain:
The figure was 45 yrs not 49! (44.88 to try to be exact once more)
Now I know why I switched to the LEICA R camera. Have to think less
when I leave the M at home.
Sorry for this confusion.
OK, I will help raise the average. In chronological years, will be
63 in April. As a Leica user, am celebrating my first birthday now.
I'm in the minority here because I prefer the R8. What a great
camera and lenses! (Before last year, I used N**** slr's for 30+
years. BUT I have seen the error of my ways and will not repeat my
transgessions again!) Good shooting. LB
49 and holding.
3 years older than the oldest M3
40 in regular years. 80 in "forum moderator" years!
I'm 50. The answers do make a good point. Most of us die hard Leica
fans are an older generation (at least in years if not spirit). I do
think Leica has not done enough to attract a new generation of Leica
users. Or maybe the availability of auto-everything cameras makes it
very difficult to interest young photographers in an auto-almost-
nothing manual camera. But Leica definitely needs to attract new
blood. I was "sold" on Leica when I was in high school!
47 going on 21. Introduced to the world the same year as the M3.
K. G. Is that average age the median or the mean? Median might be more
meaningful in this survey (1/2 of us older, 1/2 younger).
Andy, don´t know about that. I did not not use any specific statistic
formula, I´am a simple engineer.
But just from counting: Out of 73 participants 33 were younger than
the resulting average (total yrs 3,276 +/-...........hint: the roman
thing I figured as 58).
My driving licence says I'm 38, my bones feel 60, and in my mind, I always want to be 25.
Born in 73 july.
I'm not so good in mathematics!
I am 40 and I still need no glasses
I'm 55 today - 23rd.April. Just had birthdaycake with the family and
it's off to a restraunt at 7pm. Like to join us? "Old blue eyes"
Hey Tim! Congrats. And as they say here "All the best for the next
55". I'm workin' on it myself. Mike
I grow old...I grow old...
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
47, but who's counting?
49 creeping up on 50.
50 is the age at which Bilbo set off on his adventure, and also the
age at which Frodo set off on his adventure.
50 is the age at which the Harry (the Steppenwolf) intended to commit
suicide, but found enlightenment instead.
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