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Huss
08-02-2017, 16:30
If you're gonna mess up your camera, mess it up right.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2015/02/17/the-leica-m-240-plasti-dipped/

( I think this is all sorts of awesome!)

Robert Lai
08-02-2017, 17:02
Not to be too crude, but when I touch my baby, I want to touch her skin. Not a condom.

michaelwj
08-02-2017, 17:07
But I'd still have to tape my spare batteries to the top plate...


Looks like they should have just bought a black one to start with.

davidnewtonguitars
08-02-2017, 17:21
So the plasti dip is its own masking, like frisket? Hard to believe it won't just peel off the chrome in a short time. It does look nifty, freshly done.

I think I'll try it on my Zorki, someone please stop me.

lynnb
08-02-2017, 17:28
I think it looks cool, too, Huss. I wonder how he goes about seeing marked shutter speeds on the dial in dim light.

David, a BP Zorki is a beautiful thing (I'm thinking of the Zorki 4). Definitely worth a try.

splitimageview
08-02-2017, 17:40
It comes off pretty easily.

JoeLopez
08-02-2017, 17:51
God no lol

B-9
08-02-2017, 18:05
The stuff comes off really easy so why not!

Its possibly the worst finish for a camera you plan to use...

Rob-F
08-02-2017, 18:16
Not to be too crude, but when I touch my baby, I want to touch her skin. Not a condom.

Yes, that is how I feel. That expresses why I don't want a repainted Leica. Chrome, Black Chrome, or black paint; it's all good. Repaint, Shmepaint. Dipped, Shmimpt. Do that to something else if you must. Not to a Leica.

splitimageview
08-02-2017, 20:01
What's the difference between black paint, and black repaint in terms of touch ?

Archlich
08-02-2017, 20:18
It would begin to peel everywhere within the day.

Guess the guy must had regretted this, didn't use the camera much or had to repeat the painstaking process every other day. Hmm.

Robert Lai
08-02-2017, 20:32
The original black paint cameras belong to the correct serial number blocks. They were prepared in the factory with the intention of being black painted. For example, chrome thickness differs from black paint thickness. There has to be minute adjustments to make sure that black paint camera parts don't rub in use, for example.

Usually, people don't decide to turn their perfectly excellent to mint chrome camera into a black paint one. They usually use a beat up camera to start with, knock the dents out, and acid remove the scratched up chrome. You hope that they will do an overhaul on the interior parts while they're at it. In the end, it may outwardly look beautiful, but it's got the counterfeit feeling. The only time it would be honest is if you repainted a black paint camera into new black paint. But then, you have severely devalued the collector value by scrubbing off the original paint and patina. So, nobody does that.

The serial number for your counterfeit camera will be wrong for black paint.

It's as authentic as a "gold Kriegsmarine Leica IIIc with swastika insignia" that somehow miraculously looks mint having survived World War II, and kind of resembles a FED.

All the difference in the world: real black paint vs a repaint.
One is an elegantly aged, but still beautiful lady.
The other one is a tarted up cheap whore full of hidden diseases.

Contarama
08-02-2017, 20:44
Think of all the diy murdered out diesel trucks and fast n furious cars you have seen the youth of America (and maybe some of their fathers) driving the past few years and ask yourself if you really want to be like them...LOL :)

f16sunshine
08-02-2017, 21:41
That's cool but it will be messy soon. :o
The product will become loose and ding, bubble, break in bits very soon.
It's not very durable for such thin coverage.
Put it on thick to a tool shaft you want to protect... ok.

tunalegs
08-02-2017, 22:14
I plastidipped the steering wheel on my '73 SAAB last year (because the original finish had begun to flake of in tiny particles that would stick to my hands). The plastic coating lasted about three months before it started to peel off, this on a steering wheel of a car with front wheel drive and no power steering, the stuff can take lots of abuse.

So no, it's not great for steering wheels, but you're never going to be putting as much strain on your camera's top plate as you're going to put on the steering wheel of a vintage car.

Chris101
08-02-2017, 22:16
MAybe the intent is to just sit it on a shelf. It would look good for a while then.

Keith
08-02-2017, 22:32
A friend of mine bought himself a beautiful red Triumph Speed Triple motorcycle ... then a few weeks later coated it in this goop. :bang:

:p:p:p

sebastel
08-02-2017, 22:57
you can't discuss questions of taste. (or, tastelessness)

well. of course you can, but don't expect anything but an argument.

Chubberino
08-02-2017, 23:44
Kind of a piss-poor article that is missing some quality step by step pics. so I guess par for the norm for that website. good thing he gets schlubs to do his work for him and help him get paid.

Chris101
08-02-2017, 23:52
A completely dull, black surface would be most welcome for all kinds of things. From the days of lamp black and platinizing to today's polymer coatings, none of it has ever been particularly durable. Maybe some kind of grown on metallic fluorosilicate could be developed?

Sid836
08-03-2017, 00:03
I am a bit of paranoid with my M4-P too. But, I would never tape it or dip it in anything. I have bought that angular Leitz ever ready case on the cheap and I use the just lower half to have my Leica dangling on my neck.

rodt16s
08-03-2017, 00:04
"general photo dude" - nuff said

splitimageview
08-03-2017, 19:13
The original black paint cameras belong to the correct serial number blocks. They were prepared in the factory with the intention of being black painted. For example, chrome thickness differs from black paint thickness. There has to be minute adjustments to make sure that black paint camera parts don't rub in use, for example.

Usually, people don't decide to turn their perfectly excellent to mint chrome camera into a black paint one. They usually use a beat up camera to start with, knock the dents out, and acid remove the scratched up chrome. You hope that they will do an overhaul on the interior parts while they're at it. In the end, it may outwardly look beautiful, but it's got the counterfeit feeling. The only time it would be honest is if you repainted a black paint camera into new black paint. But then, you have severely devalued the collector value by scrubbing off the original paint and patina. So, nobody does that.

The serial number for your counterfeit camera will be wrong for black paint.

It's as authentic as a "gold Kriegsmarine Leica IIIc with swastika insignia" that somehow miraculously looks mint having survived World War II, and kind of resembles a FED.

All the difference in the world: real black paint vs a repaint.
One is an elegantly aged, but still beautiful lady.
The other one is a tarted up cheap whore full of hidden diseases.

No one claims that a repaint is authentic, and only a FED resembles a FED. But a quality professional repaint and service is infinitely nicer than a fully serviced but beat up chrome junker.