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Old 02-03-2010   #41
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Apart from my OM's (which I bought S/H before I realized what follows), all my camera's are black. It's just easier to explain to the wife if she asks is I "bought ANOTHER new camera"; I just can answer "Nah, that's my black one"
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Old 02-03-2010   #42
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I like the stealthiness of black...
But, the silver is so RETRO too.....
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Old 02-06-2010   #43
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Black camera= Black and white film
Chrome camera= chrome (slides) film.
In fact the black bodies are chromium too (except for the paint bodies). I have one of each, and thus shoot slides in both. I generally prefer black, but have black and chrome lenses to keep things mixed up.
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Old 02-14-2010   #44
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Does anyone have more new pics of the steel gray M9 (in real life, with either black or silver lens)?

I'm just interested to see how it looks with people holding it (+accessories like thumbsup, etc)
What skin colour do you suppose it goes with best? The Russian President uses a black M9, so should Mr. Obama have a grey one? (just kidding and without prejudice)
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Old 02-14-2010   #45
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It's a tool, who care's what color your tool is as long as it works the way it needs too!
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Old 02-15-2010   #46
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It's a tool, who care's what color your tool is as long as it works the way it needs too!
Because everyone knows black ones take better pictures. Derrrr . . .

And as they say, once you go black you never go back.
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Old 02-15-2010   #47
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In my experience the black paint on most cameras is delicate and scratches easily.
Perhaps this is intentional, as many are enamored of the "experienced PJ" look.
I like my cameras to look new and spiffy longer and so prefer chrome and black to all black.

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Old 02-15-2010   #48
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That is just gorgeous. I already have an m6 with the same strap (blue instead of red thread), and the silver 35 biogon is next...

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Old 02-16-2010   #49
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I had a black M8, now I'm hunting for a silver one. There's something about the silver M8 that gets to me.
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Old 02-21-2010   #50
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Silver, because it looks great with old glass.

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Old 02-24-2010   #51
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Sweeet!

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(my M8 is black, though) Is there a choice for Bilver? Slack?
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Old 02-26-2010   #52
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I prefer black but its not a big deal. I feel black is more subtle and blends in better. Silver or silver and black stick out more, but when people see it they smile at the old-timey camera the hippie (me) is playing with.
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Old 02-26-2010   #53
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Old 03-04-2010   #54
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just got myself a black M8, i think the silver is just stunning, but the black... ...it's just awesome. very pleased with my choise of color
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Old 03-04-2010   #55
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Congrats, k.a., on your new acquisition.

What a tough choice! Black or silver; silver or black.... I often go for one of each! That way I have a backup, and I can easily tell them apart. Pentax K2, Hexar RF, M8... go for broke!
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Old 03-04-2010   #56
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I decided to go black for digital and chrome for film simply to know where I was each time I picked up my camera - age thing I guess.

Looking for a nice & cheap chrome M4-P right now and all I see is black, black ,black. I may have to change my method here. grrrr
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Old 03-30-2010   #57
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Silver all the way

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Old 10-14-2010   #58
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Black because it's less conspicuous on the street.
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Old 10-14-2010   #59
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I bought my M8 from Popflash and black was what was available in a used camera. I actually would have preferred a panda. S
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Old 10-14-2010   #60
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Black is nice if it's mint but chrome wears more gracefully.
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Old 10-14-2010   #61
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I used to say black only, but now I own a silver M2 and I say that it makes zero difference.
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Old 10-14-2010   #62
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Silver reflects the bad photons and lets only the good photons in.

Black doesn't reflect the bad photons therefore pictures taken with black cameras are not nearly as good as pictures taken with silver cameras.
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Old 10-18-2010   #63
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I like the silver one. It looks good whatever you put a black lens or a chrome lens.
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Old 10-21-2010   #64
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you left out green! don't have one but would really like a green P & a green bessa l
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Silver is better
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Silver is better

If you are after how a camera looks silver/chrome is more practical than black, because both black and silver lenses look good. On a black camera silver lens looks wierd.
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I am in the midst of editing 27 rolls of Neopan 400 from a trip. Half were shot in a black ZI, half in a silver ZI. Lenses were swapped around.

Anybody want to speculate how much difference I can tell between the film shot in the black body and the film shot in the silver body?
OK... Well.....
Umm... I think..... Well....
Did you.....
Umm.... It's likely that......
Well,.. I would think....
Did you ... No that won't work....
Gee.

What were the final results??
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Old 11-12-2010   #67
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I have a black m6 and a silver m8. I do notice that people react to me differently because of the silver, it is more visible, so taking a cameo shot is slightly harder. I also prefer the looks of a black m8, so I might trade in my silver m8. Anyone interested?
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Old 11-12-2010   #68
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Oh and anyone knows what the best way is to polish the silver m8?
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Old 12-10-2010   #69
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OK... Well.....
Umm... I think..... Well....
Did you.....
Umm.... It's likely that......
Well,.. I would think....
Did you ... No that won't work....
Gee.

What were the final results??
final results (difference between black and silver body)? well, see
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Oh and anyone knows what the best way is to polish the silver m8?
I've tried Solvol Autosol (Chrome Polish) before on a small part of the base plate as an experiment. Made not a jot of difference.
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Old 12-19-2010   #71
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I personally like the black finish. However, I wouldn't let the color of the camera be the deciding factor especially if a good deal is to be had.
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Old 12-24-2010   #72
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During a normal day out shooting, its both. Black M6 for one combo, M3 for the 50. Everyone has their input and reasons, to me the M3's VF for the 50 makes it hard to shoot my 50 on my M6's again, so they usually are wearing a 35. Plus, at night, or in rough situations etc., like shooting severe weather, I've found it nice to have 2 bodies, and know the combo for each, so I can grab one or the other for a certain shot I want to make.
That said, for a digital M, I'd go black, and not go back
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I think a classic camera in silver looks really good these days.
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I personally like the black finish. However, I wouldn't let the color of the camera be the deciding factor especially if a good deal is to be had.
There is only one problem with black. I want to recover my M8 because the original covering looks cheesy and has poor texture. Cameraleather has a nice selection, but only black looks good with black and I really don't care about stealth. All of the classic street shooters got along perfectly well with chrome Leicas because in their day, that it what was available.

If any black M's have been recovered in any other colors that look good, I be glad to hear about it.
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. . . . . I happen to love the black at the moment . . . . . .



I do have few chrome lens which look beautiful on the black as well!

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Old 01-06-2011   #76
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I admit a nicely brassed/worn black M has a unique look, I still prefer chrome. When I bought my M9, the gray was not out yet and I was not thrilled with gray paint so I bought black. I had a choice when I bought my M6 TTL and I chose chrome. I am also liking the chrome lens on the black body and will probably get my next lens in chrome.
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PS: That pink M6 is just wrong...

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Silver for the old cameras and black for the newer ones. That's how I like it
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For my Fujica GSW69 and Mamiya 7II i want them in black, for my Hasselblad 501CM i like it in silver or say chrome finish with its film back.
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My Leica is silver. My Zeiss is black.
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