Why do Leica users take themselves so seriously ?

Goes with the territory alas. Because Leica equipment is so expensive, only older people can really afford them - either established professional photographers, or well-heeled amateurs & collectors. As the latter group is mostly comprised of fifty-something lawyers, dentists & ophthalmologists…, you cannot really expect large amounts of youthful, whimsical humour.

Lieconoclasts of the World, Unite!

Luckily not everyone is so earnest about their Leicas - see the hype-busting "Generation X Leica Snob" site by Kyle Cassidy at:

<asc.upenn.edu/usr/cassidy/leicaslacker/>

While looking around Mr Cassidy's site, don't forget to have a look at (and memorise!) the PLUG Ten Commandments of Leica Photography:

<asc.upenn.edu/usr/cassidy/leicaslacker/plug/10/index.html>

In a similar vein, see also the following notes on Rangefinder (ab)use and ownership by Dante Stella at:

<dantestella.com/technical/rangefinder.html>

Finally, if you ever plan on travelling with your Leica, then also sneak a look at the PLUG Travel FAQ at:

<asc.upenn.edu/usr/cassidy/leicaslacker/plug/travelfaq.html>