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09-02-2015, 12:03 AM   #1
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Silver or black :)

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I have decided to buy a Pentax 15/4 LTD, but I can't decide which color to choose. I know it's a stupid question but here it is

On a black K3, can you mount a silver Ltd and get a way with it, or does it look crappy?
Is there any other drawbacks to a silver lens, scratches more easily or something?

09-02-2015, 12:19 AM   #2
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For me a black body I use a black lens, or silver/black body use silver or black lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hence84 Quote
Is there any other drawbacks to a silver lens, scratches more easily or something?
not to worry, but sometimes silver lens are cheaper (i don't know why) ^^ all black is classic and elegant though
The K-3 Prestige version is made so silver and black lens can all match the body nicely
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i have both and prefer the silver on silver & black on black thats the only reason i got all the FA* for my silver K-3.... joking
Any combination is good...:-) i preferred the Silver K5 and Black grip and Black or silver lens....

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Hi,

Just get both and then you will not have a problem!!

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I think my silver 15 looks good on black and even better on red
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See the in depth review of the HD DA 40 mm Limited. There are pictures of the lens in silver on a black body. I personally prefer the look of black on black and bought the DA 40 in black for my black K-3. Conversely, I would think that the black lens would look good on silver body. That is the classic legacy film SLR look.
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Thx for all the replys, Went ahead and bought the black version. I personally think that silver would have looked dope, but it kind of defeats the purpose of having a stealthy looking lens for street photography. Its more of a look at me lens I guess =)

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Believe it or not I too was undecided but chose a silver 15mm limited. It is my only silver lens and it is currently the lens attached to my camera.

I remember back in the days of SLR's the silver cameras were the less expensive choice and black cameras were the professional versions.

Though I think a silver lens would look better with a silver camera the silver 15mm looks just right on the black camera bodies. When I take my camera to large events the silver lens on a black body catches the eye of those Canon and Nikon minions.
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It's easier to sell a black used camera than a silver one and that applies to both film and digital.
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I have one silver lens and don't like it because the body of the lens (and its silver hood!) reflect sunlight into my eyes. Black lenses absorb light.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gordon_l34 Quote
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Some newer Pentaxers might not realize that, when the first two Limiteds (the 43/1.9 and the 77/1.8) were introduced (back in "Ye Olde Film Days of Yore", in the late 1990's), they were released only in silver, and it was a year or two for each before they were made available in black.

So, my first (and only) 43/1.9 was silver, and I sold it (I didn't care for the barrel distortion) before the black 43's were available. OTOH, my first 77/1.8 was silver, but I sold it only after picking up one of the first black ones. So, the above pix were taken after I had the black 77 in my hot little hands but before I had sold off the silver one.

Personally, in general, I prefer black bodies and black lenses. However, for long telephotos, I don't mind lighter colored lenses (e.g., tan in the F* 300/4.5) due to the slower and less pronounced solar heating (with subsequent focus shift) in them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by BlakeShellman Quote
When I take my camera to large events the silver lens on a black body catches the eye of those Canon and Nikon minions.
Is that a "bug" or a "feature"?
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Some newer Pentaxers might not realize that, when the first two Limiteds (the 43/1.9 and the 77/1.8) were introduced (back in "Ye Olde Film Days of Yore", in the late 1990's), they were released only in silver, and it was a year or two for each before they were made available in black.

So, my first (and only) 43/1.9 was silver, and I sold it (I didn't care for the barrel distortion) before the black 43's was available. OTOH, my first 77/1.8 was silver, but I sold it only after picking up one of the first black ones. So, the above pix were taken after I had the black 77 in my hot little hands but before I had sold off the silver one.

Personally, in general, I prefer black bodies and black lenses. However, for long telephotos, I don't mind lighter coloredlenses (e.g., tan in the F* 300/4.5) due to the slower and less pronounced solar heating (with subsequent focus shift) in them.
Interesting! I didn't know that, I have Always thought that silver looked more classic for some reason, and I guess I was right =)

I live far up north in Sweden so I don't have any problem with "solar heating"
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I'll admit that lens looks great in silver, even on a black body. It has a very classic look.
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