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    Ideal camera material

    What would be the ideal material you would like your camera to be made from? I note my Leica II is made from Nickel, which I like, but I understand some people are allergic to this material. If you could have a camera made from a material of your choice, what would it be?

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    Rosewood, Cuban mahogany, or purpleheart, something of that ilk. Sturdy but supple red leather bellows, and brass.
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    Oak or mahogany and brass.


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    We don't see much of Ole here on the forums anymore, but if we did, he might vote for carbon fibre .
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    I've got a lensboard made of carbon fiber. It'd make a nice camera material. I've heard it's quite brittle for cars, so perhaps a few strands of something else could be mixed with it.

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    A TLR or Graflex 4x5 RB SLR of carbon fiber and magnesium or titanium would be quite light and stylish.

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    Spanish Mahogany, Brass & Glass.
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    5x4, 4x5, Half-Plate, 5x7, 8x10, 6x9cm, 6x7cm, 6x6cm, 6X4.5cm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    I note my Leica II is made from Nickel, which I like, but I understand some people are allergic to this material.
    I don't know of any camera made from Nickel. Anyway, your Leica is made from brass that has been Nickel coated/plated.


    Never thought about your issue (sometimes the construction dictates the material). I shall think of all the materials my cameras are made from. At least those materials I typically touch at them.

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    Carbon fiber or titanium come to mind.
    But in reality, "best" would likely be an array of materials, there aren't very many choices which would be ideal for all parts of just about any camera.

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    I won't vote on the camera body material, Titanium is a bit difficult to machine so Aluminum is fine, and the outer body should be black with perhaps some leather exterior trim such as found on Contax (but without the bumps)...

    But I will offer what I would like the interior lens and camera chamber surfaces should be coated with something perfectly black like this...

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...ares-strike-it

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