Clive, plastic is my choice. Really. I use to love heavy cameras but prefer feather light instruments now. I'm glad my Linhof sits on a tripod - I don't know how Munich manages to make them so heavy?! (I should dig out my Yashica mg-1).
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Ben, Titanium is much heavier than Aluminiun and difficult to work on.
I used to work as an engineer in the aerospace industry at a company that made turbine blades for Rolls Royce jet engine out of Titanium, and I know it has the lightest weight and highest tensile strength of any metal on the planet, and how difficult it is to work with I'm wearing a signet ring I made by hand out of it from solid many years ago. One of the other drawbacks of Titanium is how difficult it is to produce and how expensive, I know at the time I worked with it weight for weight it cost about the same as Silver.
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Depends on what type of camera: I'd say aluminium for <120mm: easy to work with and quite strong. On the other hand, aesthetically, (especially with replica LF and cine cameras) nothing beats a nice hardwood veneer with the right varnish and brass trim. Perhaps the only con using wood is cracking due to temperature variations and humidity levels.
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I used to work as an engineer in the aerospace industry at a company that made turbine blades for Rolls Royce jet engine out of Titanium, and I know it has the lightest weight and highest tensile strength of any metal on the planet...
Plutonium! It may be a tad heavy & a bit radioactive but still you would probably have the only one.
It's a little more rugged than peanut shells I suspect, haven't done any real field testing though.
FWIW I don't believe any camera is one metal through and through.
Leica and others used brass that were either plated or painted. The earlier Leitz cameras used a cage frame
most likely aluminum. Later cameras used a cast frame of an aluminum alloy.
The M6 is now some sort of white metal that's anodized.
Nikon did make a titanium body (Top & Bottom covers) but the innards were still cast alloy.
For bearing surfaces brass. Lens mounts brass plated with chrome although there was at least one that used
Can't forget the "resin"(plastic) covers from Canon either.