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    Preference of camera metal

    My Leica II is made from Nickel and I think the metal on the lens is also of the same material. I find the finish/soft colour of the metal and its weight one of the most endearing properties of this camera. Were any other cameras manufactured from Nickel? I have heard some people have an allergy to this metal, so it may have a down side.

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    I don't know of any camera made from nickel, but well from nickel-galvanized brass.

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    My Leica's are made of Brass, that's why they suffer from "Brassing".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    My Leica II is made from Nickel and I think the metal on the lens is also of the same material. I find the finish/soft colour of the metal and its weight one of the most endearing properties of this camera. Were any other cameras manufactured from Nickel? I have heard some people have an allergy to this metal, so it may have a down side.
    Nickel and chrome are used for plating things. Nickel has a nice warm appearance compared to chrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstout View Post
    Nickel and chrome are used for plating things. Nickel has a nice warm appearance compared to chrome.
    Sorry, then plated and not made from, but it has a beautiful finish.

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    Yes, it was just used as a coating and most often found on the bright parts before the widespread use of chrome. Nickel has a lovely warm tone and not as shiny as chrome, and seemed to be used until the second world war. I just bought one of those new CV Heliars (yes I know, I know) for my Leicas that is finished in Nickel to give that "retro" look. Must admit that like Titanium it has a very nice look.

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    Chrome took over in the 1930s, it has a cooler tint than nickel. I don't really know that I prefer one over the other though. Chrome is much harder wearing than nickel though, and generally doesn't go dull, which is why car manufacturers switched to chrome faster than pretty much anybody else.

    On the subject of chrome, I don't think anybody did chrome as well as Exakta did. I love the softer/smoother finish Exaktas have compared to other cameras.
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    Though maybe not for cameras, nickel was/is also used as an alloying metal along with copper and zinc to make what's known as nickel silver, most often used for small items similar to camera bodies. Again, not saying that it was, in fact, used as a camera body, just another possibilityfor nickel to have found it's way into a camera.

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    Preference of camera metal

    I'm slightly allergic to nickel so I have to give it up to titanium as the coolest metal. Even though it's been around for awhile, and there have been big advances in aluminum and magnesium and all their alloys, titanium still stands out. It has a nice look to the bare metal that gives it a softer appearance if that's the right term. Whenever I hear it, I think of space age materials, stealth jets, and race cars. It was supposed to be the material of today!!! What happened?!

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    My 1936 Leica Standard type E in black have nickel hardware and a nickel 50 3.5 Elmar. Looks very nice against the black body.

    Tony, i have one of those Nickel Heliars too, (50 2.0) beautiful little lens.
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