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11-03-2020, 02:45 PM   #1
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Question of Lens colour.

What is the difference between the SMS lens that are silver and the ones that are black ?

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Do you mean SMC?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doug James Quote
What is the difference between the SMS lens that are silver and the ones that are black ?
As you've concisely stated, the difference is purely cosmetic. Some silver lenses are special editions (for example, the A 50mm F1.2 Special bundled with the LX2000, a late production run of the SMC DA 21, 40, and 70mm limiteds, and the recent D FA*'s), while most others are not (SMC FA limiteds, HD DA limiteds, all FA* lenses).

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The difference is the feeling they give you! XD

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The difference is the feeling they give you! XD
We all like a bit of bling
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Do you mean SMC?
Yep! You got it. Thanks

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
As you've concisely stated, the difference is purely cosmetic. Some silver lenses are special editions (for example, the A 50mm F1.2 Special bundled with the LX2000, a late production run of the SMC DA 21, 40, and 70mm limiteds, and the recent D FA*'s), while most others are not (SMC FA limiteds, HD DA limiteds, all FA* lenses).

Thank you Adam, that does help.

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Back when I started most everything was silver. We all wanted the black "pro" editions.
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There were also silver and black lenses made during the film era. The FA* lenses were only offered in silver. But some plain FA were offered in silver and black.

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So these rumors about different built quality are nonsense? Itís a common thing for other brands too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mixalis_kalymnos1611 Quote
So these rumors about different built quality are nonsense? Itís a common thing for other brands too.
The "*" and limited lenses seem to have higher build quality. And the older F* and FA* were different colors than a lot of their other lenses, but color alone isn't sufficient, there were some really cheap lenses using silver color, many of these were also offered in black.
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Some people like to have a contrasting silver lens on a black camera and other want a black one. If you think it looks cool you may take better pictures (or not).
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxus Quote
Some people like to have a contrasting silver lens on a black camera and other want a black one. If you think it looks cool you may take better pictures (or not).
Exactly. I have a silver 20-40 and fa 31 and FA* 300. Most of my lenses are black.
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There is a huge difference between the silver of a "Limited lens": Anodised aluminium
and silver coated lenses made of plastic, such as the FA lenses (I don't know about the FA* lenses, never had one of those)

I once saw a K3 silver. The silver coating had quite a few scratches which one could see very well.

I once had a used K200D silver (damaged, got it for the Japan solenoid): Silver coating was very scratched.

In general I thing the black versions of Pentax bodies last better and the same goes for the black versions of FA-lenses.
But not so for the aluminium limited lenses (I have a FA43 ltd and a DA35macro ltd in silver... both well used but still exc. condition).
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QuoteOriginally posted by jlstrawman Quote
Do you mean SMC?
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