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Tape over big "LEICA" name on the front of the SL?

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I never thought I would be someone who tapes over the name of a camera to make it less noticeable in general or tempting to thieves, but the large "LEICA" name on the front of the SL would seem to attract attention when one might want to shoot with less attention, no?  I have a SL arriving tomorrow and I may just add some tape as my first "accessory" to the camera....  I think I would also feel a bit self-conscious about advertising the fact that I am shooting with a Leica with that big name on the front in a way I didn't feel with my Q or my M10.

 

Wondering if any of you did the same...

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I've taped it over not because it says LEICA but because it just draws attention - people I point it at either ask what it means or say 'Oh, you have a Leica". I'd rather that they and I stuck to thinking about the interaction and photography than about brand oddity. My M240 and TL2 are less blingy and go commando.

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It's been 2 years since SL release...time for some to start wishing for an SL-P without logo/script and a couple of other tweaks. Or an SL Monochrom. Probably need a lot more forum chatter on topics like this before SL devotees are treated like M users.

 

Jeff

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99.9% of the public are unaware of the existence of Leica and either ignore or look bemused. 

 

I have spotted maybe a dozen Leicas in the wild over the last 10yrs in travelling about, and even at the many workshops I have attended only 1 has had anyone else with a Leica. 

 

I doubt if thieves specifically target them ..... I suspect anything big and black with a lens on the front is the main criteria. 

 

Taking this to it's logical conclusion I should really put gaffer tape over the lettering on our Range Rover ....... 

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I'm less concerned about people recognizing the Leica brand to steal the camera, than about calling attention in general and shooting under the radar.  Anything to call less attention to myself as a photographer is usually welcome.  What brought this up in my mind was seeing a photo of someone who had taped over the logo, and the camera appeared a lot less obtrusive.  In general I don't like wearing stuff with brands and logos anyway.... 

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De- badging expensive cars is a common practice in many US regions. It's not done to hide the car or minimize its value.

 

Jeff

 

Seems it's usually done to either hide the fact you only have the small engine version or - for some - to hide the fact they've got the fast version.

 

I don't see the need to tape over the logo on a camera. To a thief a camera is a camera.

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I received much more attention regarding my big Nikon D4 than I do about the SL. I carry the SL (typically with 24-90) through airports and around the various cities I travel to and no one says a word.

 

The MP240 (completely blacked out) garners a lot of attention, usually people asking if it’s a film camera.

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I have taped over both the Leica logo and the red dot. To me, they seem ostentatious. In general, I try to avoid products with prominent logos, but sometimes they can’t be avoided. In the case of my Leica gear, I want the cameras but have no desire to be a walking advertisement for the brand.

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That's exactly the reason why someone should tape the logo - especially for reportage. People starts reading when they spot text. 

I noticed that some people want to read when they spot something that look like a text. Leica logo is easy to spot on the black camera from some distance.
Probably it is some subconscious reaction to need to recognise something if it is spotted.  

Edited by Ingo

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I doubt a drug fuelled psycho is going to bother whether your logo is taped over or not, they'll slit your throat for your wallet and the camera may be a bonus. So forget the invisibility cloak afforded by your special tape, you are more likely to put off a thief by looking confident and street wise, hang your camera from a length of string and not a luxury leather strap, and for heavens sake ditch the guide book.

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I almost got mugged once. Big, overweight guy followed me into an alley. It was in the evening. I didn’t notice him initially. I quickly turned around and went the other way. I tape all my Leicas but it was the hardest to do with the SL. It makes the camera uglier. See the picture below. Now I’ve gotten so used it that I don’t mind. Look at it this way. It reduces the camera to its essentials.

 

Edited by Chaemono

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It's not about thiefs, it's about disguise street photography. 

 

I think most people tend to look if they see someone pointing a camera at them. The camera itself, and more importantly, the photographers behaviour are what draws people's attention.

 

If text had anything to do with it people would be taping over the lettering around the front of the lens, but I never see that being discussed on here, but if taping over the camera logo gives some an imaginary cloak of invisibility then fine.

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