Am I the only one who love chrome bodies?
I learned photography in an era when black bodies were a hot trend. F3HP, FM2, X-700, F1N, A1 they're all produced in all black which was always more expensive than chrome version. I never understand the reason why they cost more. To me black body gets hot faster in a bright sunny day and I always see how ugly they are when they start brassing. Unfortunately when I finally had enough money to buy my own camera there were no choices other than black AF bodies!
Fast forward to 2011, now I have couple of Nikon chrome bodies and man I couldn't be happier! Nothing can beat the feeling when I'm out shooting with these gems. Almost like riding a harley with lots of bling-bling and clunking noise. And when you see the face from all the digiheads with their all black cameras....it's priceless.
Nowadays, it's more expensive to chrome plastic but back in the day it cost more to paint metal. I think some cameras like XE-7 and XD-11 look sexy in black but my srT101 looks better in chrome. As far as I'm concerned, as long as the camera works and is reliable, I don't care. But I do like chrome.
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I also prefer chrome -- never understood the preference for all black bodies (they seem cheaper-looking to me for some reason). Of course, newer cameras are all black so we really don't have any choice, and in the end it doesn't matter as long as the camera works. That being said, I have 4 chrome Nikon FE's (each one has replaced another), and I even have a chrome Holga because I like the look -- although I use the standard black one more because I like the lens on it better.
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I was ambivalent until my chrome camera started causing a bunch of reflections which wrecked the moment I was trying to photograph.
Okay, its only happened twice in a lot of shooting - and the chrome cameras get more recognition as being 'old cameras' which seem to put people at ease - so I guess its still a tossup for me.
When I was younger, I prefered black cameras because they looked "pro" (it was back in the time when they charged more for a black one). Now I have a preference for chrome, at least for "classic" cameras (not sure my EOS3 would look better with chrome, but my AE1P sure does).
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Two of my 35mm slr's are black, cause that is the only color they came in. I do have one chrome body which I really like.
I could go either way, chrome, black, champagne, they work well on my cameras. Most of the time I do prefer a less noticeable body and lens combo. I think any shiny camera or big lens elicits lots of stares on the streets which makes it harder for me to capture something candidly.
But pure aesthetics wise, it's hard to beat a classic chrome body for looks. Oh those chrome and leather folders and rangefinders, are just perfect.
I very much prefer all-black over chrome, because chrome cameras are real attention seekers. Back when I had my chrome AE-1, I couldn't take one picture without ten people turning their heads and staring. You can forget photographing people that way.
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One of the reasons the XD-7/11 looks so good black is the finish. It's not painted, but a very durable anodized finish, which is not prone to brassing.
Originally Posted by guitstik
Mamiya 645 Super | Nikon F4/F100/FM2n | Minolta Maxxum 9/Dynax 7/X-700/X-500/XD7/SRT-101 | Pentax Spotmatic | Canonet QL 19 (GII) | and a whole bunch of glass
In 35mm's, I only have one black body, OM-4. All my OM-1's and OM-2 are chrome. My Mamiya TLR's are all black.