View Poll Results: Black or Chrome?
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I really like those gold painted Holga cameras from Lomo. Yeah, that one. If only all cameras could be golden.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
Once you go black, you'll never go chrome again. Actually, some cameras were never made in black. And some never had a chrome counterpart.
Although black cameras are handsome, I wouldn't never let it stop me from using a chrome camera.
And I would never use those ghastly green, bright blue and other neon shades of the Pentax digital. (In reality, they're sort of cool, but not my thing.)
"I only wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car (a Hudson) on a clear day. I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary's laundry, and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on a fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It's a generous medium, photography." -- Lee Friedlander
Think again, the Nikon F,F2, and Nikkormat came in chrome too, in the UK black Nikon bodys cost £10 more.
Originally Posted by Nikon Collector
I did not vote because I have both, I use both, and I love both.
When I worry about wear and tear effecting the appearance of the camera, I prefer a chrome body.
When I am shooting candids and need to be inconspicuous, I prefer a black camera body.
When I am shooting a subject through glass and worry about the camera's reflection appearing in the glass, I prefer a black body.
The best black body 35mm I ever owned was the Nikon F2 Titanium.
The best chrome body 35mm I ever owned (and still own) is the Nikon F2 with the DE-1 standard non-metered prism finder.
One black body 35mm I always wish I owned was the Leica MP.
One 35mm chrome body that I always thought was attractive was the Olympus OM-1.
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I agree with that.
Originally Posted by narsuitus
Chrome is a tough finish and doesn't get that typical brassing as black finished cameras, my OM has a few scratches that I bet would be rather visible on black. If I'm not wrong, chrome was the pro color back in the 30s. Black was the cheap thing.
Nowadays Black is a little bit boring, but black cameras look nifty.
I just like both, depends of what I can get.
I would love to have a black Leica M2, but since they are scarcer than chicken lips, I will have to be satisfied with my chrome model.
If you don't want to stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.
See, I do love chrome, and therefore am kind of sad my A-1 only comes in black. I think all-black cameras are dull and boring, especially the awful amorphous blobs everyone is saddled with these days.
Originally Posted by ozphoto
Thanks for that. It will be useful ammunition for when I feel like being ornery about camera aesthetics (it happens).
Originally Posted by ralnphot
It is kind of interesting though to trace the design trends through camera history. We started with wood and brass, generally transitioning to black and chrome, and now we're in the age of all-black. Obviously the majority prefers the all-black thing, and lots of people still go (ardently) for the wood and brass thing, but for me it'll always be the classic black and chrome. The original Star Trek, as it were.