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    If you look at a black lens through an infrared viewer, it will look like a chrome lens... It's an eerie effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegman View Post
    Pentax do some lovely looking chrome lenses, Zeiss too I think.
    My Pentax screw-mount 135mm f/3.5 from around 1958 is 'chrome'; my Pentax screw-mount 300mm f/4 from the same period is black.

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    Fashion male jewelery...

    The Zeiss Ikon cat of 58 was all chrome including the new pro SLR Contarex by the end of producion they were offering lenses in black and panda bodies.

    But early Leicas were black and nickel years before they offered chrome option

    bling

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    Older pre-AI Nikkors all had chrome barrels. Usually with black metal focusing rings and aperture rings. But, the filter ring and the barrel itself were chrome anodized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip j View Post
    AI & AIs Nikkors had aluminum barrels and, I believe, a black laquer finish rather than being anodized.
    Same with the final series of pre-AI Nikkors (the K series). They also had the rubber focus ring, instead of the older scalloped metal ring.

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    Vivitar came out with a few chrome nose lenses that look great on a black camera. I have the 135/2.8
    http://www.google.ca/imgres?newwindo....com/attachmen

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    You guys need to learn to distinguish between chrome, that is chromium plating, and clear anodised/lacquered aluminum. Sheesh.

    Just because it's silver and shiny doesn't make it chrome.

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    The OP had it about the "look". As both, chromium and aluminium, surfaces show up in a variation of gloss, I guess the differentiation does not even matter in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    The OP had it about the "look". As both, chromium and aluminium, surfaces show up in a variation of gloss, I guess the differentiation does not even matter in this thread.
    The OP said he liked the look of "chrome on chrome" and used an M3 (IIRC) as an example. Chrome doesn't look anything like aluminum and neither look anything like nickel. For that matter, satin chrome (Camera body/lens) doesn't look at all like glossy chrome (Car bumper) So it is indeed all about the look... of various different finishes.

    But it's 2013, and all the magpies call anything shiny and silvery "chrome", it seems.

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    Highly polished surfaces of chromium and blank aluminiun can be distinguished. But when the brass surface is matted before chroming and you got a fairly etched aluminum surface before anodizing, it is getting more difficult to distinguish.

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