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Old 03-07-2011   #81
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I just swapped my silver M8 for a black one. They're both beautiful but I prefer black. I got a really good deal on the silver one at the time so I bought it. The new one only has 300 clicks on it!!! It's practically new
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Old 03-19-2011   #82
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hey stop the gibberish and show some camera porn
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Old 03-29-2011   #83
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I had a black M8.2 which I had to send back. I initially liked black as its slightly more subtle. Using it it felt more like a military instrument.

A silver M8 then came up which I bought and am very happy with. I must say that silver is far more beautiful and a real pleasure to pick up. Needs the odd rub with a lens cloth to get rid of fingerprints and also is more noticeable, although the only comment I have ever had was a pretty girl saying "nice camera" as she walked past. That never happened with my Canon
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Old 04-05-2011   #84
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Old 04-05-2011   #85
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I torn between black and silver. I've found a really nice silver 50mm Summicron for sale and I'm leaning towards silver/grey.


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Old 04-08-2011   #86
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I have a black M8 but I just got a loan silver M8 whilst mine is being repaired in Germany. The silver one it mighty sweet!
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Old 04-10-2011   #87
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Cameras like to go in pairs, don't they? Mine do, anyway... black and silver Pentax MXs, black and silver Hexar RFs, black and silver M8s... Seems natural.
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Old 04-11-2011   #88
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Cool Black or silver?

Silver if it is available. Being old, they were all silver when I started shooting, so black doesn't look the same. That said, I have more black than silver, as silver is not as common.
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Old 04-21-2011   #89
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How many Black v. Silver threads are out there right now (not that I don't love the question myself)? Here is the my answer, quoted from the other thread "Black oe Silver":

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Black, but only only if it is black paint over brass. Then chrome, but only if it is chromed brass (well, ok, Zinc too I suppose). Then black, but only if it is black chrome. Then black paint over aluminum. Then silver anodized aluminum. Then silver paint over aluminum.

How's that for an answer?

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Old 04-21-2011   #90
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What is the big deal about brass top plates? Isn't brass a pretty weak metal?
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Old 04-21-2011   #91
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Aside from two, every camera I own is black. I like what I've heard about how durable the chrome finish on the M8 is, as it's a work camera and won't be babied.

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Old 04-21-2011   #92
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What is the big deal about brass top plates? Isn't brass a pretty weak metal?
I was actually thinking about lenses, using "black paint over brass" to differentiate Leica's black paint lenses from Voigtlander's and Zeiss's black lenses, which I believe are black paint over aluminum.
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Old 04-22-2011   #93
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black and get a brass soon..
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Old 04-23-2011   #94
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It's a work camera (for documentary photo projects) and I shoot in some dicey neighborhoods so I make sure to cover anything on the camera that says Leica or draws more attention to it. I use gaffers tape because it peels off cleanly and doesn't leave residue or pull off paint, and black is the only color I have. Yeah, I agree it's kind of ugly. But I also think, if you look quickly, it looks like just a couple more optical windows.

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Old 04-23-2011   #95
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I have always had black analog Leica M's and black SLRs. The black M9 looks so cheap in black paint that this is the first time I will consider a chrome camera.
Let's hope for an M10 in black chrome like the M6 and M7.
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Old 04-26-2011   #96
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Forgive me, black and gaffer tape for stealth is self-delusion. Four fifths of the world out there don't know what Leica is, much less how much it costs.
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I have always had black analog Leica M's and black SLRs. The black M9 looks so cheap in black paint that this is the first time I will consider a chrome camera.
Let's hope for an M10 in black chrome like the M6 and M7.
It is too funny - many previous Leicas that were supplied in chrome had their highly sought-after black paint counterparts, considerably more expensive too. When brassed - so much the better. The paint was made soft on purpose. Now, a paint-like black coating is standard and it is being called "cheap" And people complain about chipping the coating. Rotflmao! In the seventies every self-respecting rookie would attack his new camera with sandpaper and hammer.
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Old 05-10-2011   #98
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Matter of tastes, never liked those peeling cams personally. Now the quality of Leica's black anodized coatings is not what it used to be any more and original M8s tend to turn grey faster than film Ms did 30+ years ago.
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black was cool

Always though black was cool. 2 silver RFs ,1sliver slr ,2black slrs ,2 digital black and 3 point and shoot aps silver
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Old 08-05-2011   #101
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Really? The paint was made soft on purpose? And some tried to make them look well used and brassed? If true, some people do some pretty stupid things. I don't get it. What's the attraction of of a black paint camera with the paint worn through and chipped off?


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It is too funny - many previous Leicas that were supplied in chrome had their highly sought-after black paint counterparts, considerably more expensive too. When brassed - so much the better. The paint was made soft on purpose. Now, a paint-like black coating is standard and it is being called "cheap" And people complain about chipping the coating. Rotflmao! In the seventies every self-respecting rookie would attack his new camera with sandpaper and hammer.
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Old 08-05-2011   #102
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I've got 2 chrome and one black....... and one of the chrome has a green leather..... I use and love them all the same, no more no less......
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It is too funny - many previous Leicas that were supplied in chrome had their highly sought-after black paint counterparts, considerably more expensive too. When brassed - so much the better. The paint was made soft on purpose. Now, a paint-like black coating is standard and it is being called "cheap" And people complain about chipping the coating. Rotflmao! In the seventies every self-respecting rookie would attack his new camera with sandpaper and hammer.


Black chrome *is* the correct answer, unless you are Jim Marshall.
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One of the best reasons to buy an M9-P rather than an M9 is that you can have it in silver chrome rather than grey paint. Then it sort of looks like an M2, which is no bad thing. Maybe they'll do one with the baroque mouldings and the ground-glass frameline illumination window of the M3 at some point? That little fresnel lens always looks a bit cheap on a camera costing as much as a small car.
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Old 10-19-2011   #106
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Black for me. Black M6 and M8. I've always preferred black cameras, more subtle and they age beautifully. Especially the Leicas!
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Old 10-21-2011   #108
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I prefer the black ones, because they look very discreet. The chrome ones are much more noticeable (for better or worse)
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Since I can't afford it anyway.....

I want the WHITE one!

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I prefer black camera body. I have had a Chrome M6 in the past, but found them to be too shiny. Attracts attention more than a black camera body.

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My M2R and M4 were chrome. My M8 was black. My M9 is black. In general, I like black Leicas better but the silver M9P sure looks great. A classic beauty. It is on my long range must have list... like when the M10 has been out a while and the M9P is in the $3,000 - $4,000 price range on the used market.

Still, I am perfectly happy with my black M9 with a small square of electrician's tape over the white letters. - Not because it is stealthier but because the white letters are so huge and crass. The little red dot can stay. It balances the design.
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Forgive me, black and gaffer tape for stealth is self-delusion. Four fifths of the world out there don't know what Leica is, much less how much it costs.
I totally agree with this. In fact I will go further.

Placing black tape over the branding and red logo is the singularly most pretentious aspect to Leica ownership. I'm pretty sure that it all started with somebody reading something about some famous journo who was doing it. And so now we have every Leica-carrying mug on the block doing the same.

So, in fact, for most, it's not really about concealment, but rather a distinctly loud, "Hey look at me, look at me!"
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The only reason I would put tape on my M8 is if I thought it would preserve the condition of the exterior. Fortunately there are more aesthetically pleasing ways to do it.
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Forgive me, black and gaffer tape for stealth is self-delusion. Four fifths of the world out there don't know what Leica is, much less how much it costs.
Agreed. Black tape might work with a Nikon or Canon, but most people would think any Leica rangefinder looks like a cheap old camera, even a brand new M9 or M7. They are stealth as is, and unless you put bright red leather on them, I think you are OK unless you go onto an art school campus.
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Agreed. Black tape might work with a Nikon or Canon, but most people would think any Leica rangefinder looks like a cheap old camera, even a brand new M9 or M7. They are stealth as is, and unless you put bright red leather on them, I think you are OK unless you go onto an art school campus.
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Chrome is the new black, meaning a silver camera looks cheaper! In the days of Cartier Bresson, whom taped his M3 with black tape in order to shoot more stealthy. Now a pro photog would choose a silver camera which would look like a non professional low end digital camera. When shooting people candid, it is best to choose a little camera.
It is worthless to say that using a big ol SLR in silver wouldn't change the thing.

Silver or black is not the point, it is also a question of size of the body, speed of focus (rangefinder all the way), and most importantly the size of the lens!
I just bought a tokina 300mm f2.8, that alone weight 2.5KG and measure 35cm with hood, so no stealth for that setup!

That is the reason why I bought the nex3 in silver as it looks so cheap (bought it 150€ so it's really cheap).

I would love soni to release the nex 7 in silver as well for the aformentioned reason.
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Really? The paint was made soft on purpose? And some tried to make them look well used and brassed? If true, some people do some pretty stupid things. I don't get it. What's the attraction of of a black paint camera with the paint worn through and chipped off?
It was not a soft black paint on purpose this is ridiculous. The thing is black paint or any paint hold badly on brass. That is why the black paint leica when used even gently brassed around the edges. The price is only due to rarity like anything leica for instance. IF all the girls were all exquisitely beautiful I would search around the world for the rare ugly ones!
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1. Black Lens on Black Body 2. Silver Lens on Silver Body 3. Black Lens on Silver Body, in that order.
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