I learned photography in an era when black bodies were a hot trend. F3HP, FM2, X-700, F1N, A1 they're all produced in all black which was always more expensive than chrome version. I never understand the reason why they cost more. To me black body gets hot faster in a bright sunny day and I always see how ugly they are when they start brassing. Unfortunately when I finally had enough money to buy my own camera there were no choices other than black AF bodies! Fast forward to 2011, now I have couple of Nikon chrome bodies and man I couldn't be happier! Nothing can beat the feeling when I'm out shooting with these gems. Almost like riding a harley with lots of bling-bling and clunking noise. And when you see the face from all the digiheads with their all black cameras....it's priceless.