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Black or Silver?

28 Apr 2021 12:37PM   Views : 201 Unique : 142


There was at one time, when I started out in photography, chrome and chrome and chrome and those were the camera colour choices. Some SLRs also had a black option, but it was always more expensive and I could never afford it. I always aspired to a black Pentax MX but have never owned one to this day. Before I start this mini-debate, it is true that cameras have always been available in variety of colours and sometimes in a whole range. Great for collectors! In recent years, Pentax offered 100 colours of DSLR and I even have a custom colour Pentax Q-S1. And why not.

However, in the main, chrome it was, and some of the chrome finishes are absolutely superb. Voigtlander and Zeiss perhaps have the classiest, but also the highest price. The Japanese SLRs such as Nikon, Minolta, Pentax, Canon, etc., also had superb quality chrome finishes. Later, when plastic became the norm finishes were painted, so black became the new normal and I notice that Limited Edition cameras are now being offered in Silver paint versions. Odd how things turn around.


But for the past 8 years I have been using my black Pentax MX-1, now a digital compact rather than an SLR, but mimicing the angles and aesthetic of the original MX film camera. Also, the top and bottom plates are brass, which the MX SLR was not but older SLRs were, and Pentax promised that as the finish wore we would see the subtle brassing that used to be seen as a badge of honour (almost) of a trusty, well used camera. Well, 8 years later it's found to be quite true. The brassing is there on corners and the camera still looks good and takes great pictures.

So what is your choice of finish? Silver like Sue has or black like I have?


Minty805 Plus
4 42 9 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2021 12:37PM
My first "modern" camera was a Fuji ST605 (which I still have). I'm not sure if it was available in black, but I had a silver one. Most press photographers I knew had black Nikons of various models, and most carried their battle scars with pride (the cameras, that is). There was something about that look which resonated and I always wanted one of their cast-offs, but never got one. These days, and probably because of that past, I prefer black; it just looks professional to me and it is more discreet when that's needed.
But some cameras, especially if they have a classic vibe, can look fantastic in silver. My Pen F is black, but I wouldn't mind that in silver, and I think I could see a Fuji X-Pro in silver. Like all aesthetics, it's down to taste.

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