Surely one does not have to be a "PRO" to use and own a LEICA Camera..! They make some serious quality Cameras no doubt..When I was all hot n heavy into photography I did some serious contemplating about acquiring Leica products. The day I chose to remain a hobbyist and not attempt to go pro was the same day I chose to forgo the cost of Leica products.
Quite honestly I am still trying to get an idea on how to get a decent shot with the rangefinders I have. Yes the Type SL and SL2 that I both own are not rangefinder and have no issues with them... I just wanted a couple nice Leica's to call my own....I would love to have a Leica just for the tactile sensation of holding, admiring and using such a high quality piece but it would just be for fun. Very exclusive and expensive fun.
boy you got that and I am the king of camera porn.. Flashlights are cheap compared to High End Camera goodies and the more the better.. Even lightroom is not required if you just keep it in the boxes like flashlights...The camera niche is like the flashlight niche times 1,000,000.
You need a camera bag full of pro gear and you gotta take photos of your gear with your gear with props in the background.
Then you gotta use lightroom and photoshop to enhance the photos taken with your pro gear.
Then you have to make sure everyone knows you have lots of gear.