All my Leicas are silver chrome. All my Nikons are black.
If I were to get another Leica (hmm, an M6 maybe...), it definitely would have to be chrome.
I would like to get a nice, silver chrome finish Nikon F2 or FM3a.
So, I guess I actually like silver chrome more than black (paint or otherwise).
Even all my M-mount lenses are silver finish (including the new ones).
Seen recently advertised here in UK by the same dealer:
Leica M4 body in chrome.......£595. .......Leica M4 body, black paint version.....£1,200.
There were much less black paint M4's made than silver chrome finish, so they are much more "collectible". Also, not all black M4's are black paint. Later they used black chrome finish, the same as which was used afterwards on M4-2, M4-P, M6 black models. It wears down much differently from black paint - instead of nice brassing you get quite an ugly "graying" when the black chrome starts to wear down. Due to this, black paint Leicas are by some favored over black chrome models (among the black ones).
Originally Posted by rolleiman
How about brass?
Normally, I acquire one of these classic cameras primarily based on functionality and cosmetics as secondary. However, if I like it, then I try to acquire one in better condition. But in the case of the Pentax MX, I had to acquire a black one too because it is simply sharp looking camera.
Black is sexy. And it comes up gleaming with a polish — I've buffed out thousands of scuffs and marks from black bodies over the years, the latest my Pentax 67 (even the seller can't believe it is the same dirty camera he offloaded to me on eBay). Never tried polishing chrome, but for black, I was smitten by it many moons ago.
In the 1980s, black was considered reserved for professionals on an hierarchical scale. If you owned a black body, you stood out, sort of were revered. All part of the culture of that era. Chrome was passé. Uni students would have their Pentax K1000 and Minolta SRT101s; others higher up in the pecking order — like the President of the camera club I was a member of at the time, angled madly for the tech-laden Canon A1, F3 or FA. If you had a choice between chrome and black, black always looked a lot more sexier and impressive, especially amongst the Sunday set with their crisp, chick white Country Road shirts, corduroys, RM Williams belts and gold bling. It stood out. It screamed boldly, "Look at moi! Look at moi!". I've owned two chrome FE2 bodies some time between 1989 and 1991 (in my student days) before going to Canon's T90 (1988), then the EOS 5 (1994) and then the EOS 1N (1996). My very first camera (1979??) was a chrome OM10, then OM2n. Black bodies are polycarbonate, helping to absorb and dissipate shock. And design wise, they are curvy and sympathetic to hands. It's true black bodies will absorb heat, distorting top plates, LCD displays and even the mirror box. Chrome reflects light and thus heat. Maybe no good for surveillance, either, when you don't want a flash of shiny metal giving your position away. And so, on and on we can conject and conspire about the merits and pitfalls of each. Today, I appreciate the beauty of the chrome and black bodies and wouldn't be so silly to pick one over the other based solely on it being chrome or a "plastic fantastic".
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 11-30-2011 at 09:16 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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Don't try polishing satin chrome.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
Nup. Just black...
Originally Posted by lxdude
Very timely thread, as I was just wondering why Hasselblad no longer seems to make black 503cw, only chrome.
Just trying to be the person my dogs think I am.
Originally Posted by Les Sarile
What is this? I'm rapped by it. My imagination tells me the brass camera above would come up absolutely spectacularly with a D&P (detail and polish), to the point where it would require handling with cotton gloves and become more of a talking piece than perhaps a working antique.
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 11-30-2011 at 09:56 PM. Click to view previous post history.
I really dislike chrome camerad. I think they are kitsch.