View Full Version : Does color matter?

11-22-2004, 09:04
Perusing e-bay, I see Zorkis with 'cute' red, blue, and green coverings. Does anyone know if these would be original, or would it mean they were re-covered, and what does that say about the condition of the camera?

11-22-2004, 09:23
They certainly are not original coverings:) but they are cute indeed

11-22-2004, 10:25
According to Princelle's book, some Zorki models were made with either green or light gray coverings but no mention that I can find of red or blue.


11-22-2004, 10:33

I didn't see Zorkis there, but it would not surprise me!

And why not - it's cool and you're not destroying any collector value (no insult intended to Zorki fans), it's just that we're unlikely to run out of them anytime soon.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

11-22-2004, 11:12
I don't know what possessed me at the time (probably an unconscious decision to NEVER sell) but I had my SL66 finished black and covered in black lizard skin -- I've never done anything so cruel to any other camera before in my life:D

Resale went right out the window, but then I never plan to sell anyway and I like it. Now it stands out from all of those other SL66's you see out on the street! ;)


11-22-2004, 11:19
umm... last time i've seen an sl66 out on the street waaas... i've never seen one.

11-22-2004, 11:49
I was just wondering, as I supposed they were not original. I am well aware that many a Leica has been dressed up in all sorts of exotic "hides", and if anything, it probably makes them unique.

It might be worth mentioning that one recent model of Hasselblad is supposed to be available in four or five different colors. Anyone want to try for one of each???

11-22-2004, 11:57
Some FED-2s came with original color leather (red, blue, and I think, grey9 from the factory; due to their popularity on Ebay, some sellers started to offer non-original color models, even of FEDs and Zorkis that never came with color leather.
BTW, Japanese seller aki-asahi has various pre-cut leather sets for many camera models for reasonable prices, and is very reliable and fast (I ordered a couple of sets during the last months...)


11-22-2004, 13:09
Alpa offered a few colors on their later models (9,10, and 11). Red, Grey, Green, and even a Mahogany veneer; some of these models were as limited as 12 units, most around 100 or less. The factory kept a record of how each camera was finished according to its serial number, so the original color versions are highly sought after by collectors and easy to distinguish from recovered cameras. Basic black for me:)


11-23-2004, 07:40
Anyone who would re-cover an Alpa (of happy memory) should be treated by suspension of the murder laws.

12-04-2004, 20:32
Currently on ebay there's a Yashica Electro 35 GSN recovered in what appears to be light brown pigskin. A sobering image. To do so must have cost more than several Yashica Electro 35 GSN's.

I just bought, for $300, a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice giant station wagon, primarily a throw-away car in which to go to Mexico to take photorgaphs. But it's got this photodecal "woody" stuff on the sides. I think I"ll get real wood and screw it on over the decals. One-up that Yashica owner.