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08-28-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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Black or chrome?

Just got a really nice black MX to pair up with the chrome one and I wonder how the different models look side by side. Here's my pair. Got others?



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Nice looking pair of MXs Les. Congrats on that.

The paint job makes no difference in the performance of the cameras, of course, but I think the black
one looks a lot better. I bought a chrome MX in 1982. It was my first SLR and still works great. I've often
wished since I had sprung for the extra 40 bucks and got a black model.

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Those two bodis look unused! I have a similar pair, but both pretty much beaten up (although I do like the exposed brass on the black one - adds a little charm)
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It does indeed look unused. Yes, I have a pair or two. Here's one:


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I generally prefer all black which to me looks very workmanlike and sturdy, the silver bodies generally look dated and consumer riented. That said I do have a soft spot for my re-covered ME.
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Until the advent of plastic cameras, black bodied cameras were enameled brass, silver bodies were polished aluminium.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
silver bodies were polished aluminium.
...Huh? With the exception of my FSU rangefinders (made of pot metal), my metal silver-bodied cameras are plated brass.


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...Huh? With the exception of my FSU rangefinders (made of pot metal), my metal silver-bodied cameras are plated brass.Steve
The Modern Photography January 1958 review of the original Asahi Pentax states that it was constructed of die-cast aluminum making it lighter then any other. Another reason to get it!

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Who else here is old enough to remember when they used to charge ten bucks more for the "professional" black finish?

Black paint is delicate and mars easily from normal use.
I prefer chrome cameras - they stay newer looking longer.

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35mm cameras started out black in 1925 with the original Leica model A. Most of the '30s and '40s cameras were chrome, and that fashion lasted well into the 70s, although most makes had black painted bodies available. (I have a 1938 black Leica standard.) In the 60s Leica started making "black chrome" bodies (I have a couple) as more classy and durable, but while they don't "brass" at wear points, the black color gets faded and grey. I still prefer silver-chrome cameras, as that was in fashion when I started photography. A chrome H1a Pentax is hard to beat. (I have both black and chrome pairs in both MX and Spotmatic, but with more "character" than your nice samples.)
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Here's a snapshot of black & chrome K2s.
The black/chrome K2 is gone now, I sold it a few months ago as a parts camera.
I bought the black K2 to harvest it's split-image focus screen for my brown K2.
I had planned to sell the all black K2 after the focus screen swap, CLA and new light seals, but couldn't bring myself to do so.
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That is a nice trio. The brown leathered K2 looks nice. Seems a shame if the black bodied K2 is not salvageable!
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I have a black K2 and a chrome K2 as well as a black SV and Chrome SV.

QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Who else here is old enough to remember when they used to charge ten bucks more for the "professional" black finish?

Black paint is delicate and mars easily from normal use.
I prefer chrome cameras - they stay newer looking longer.

Chris
The interesting thing is when Asahi Optical released the ES and ES II, they did just the opposite, the chrome became the special order Item. Chrome ES II are rare and the ES even more so.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
That is a nice trio. The brown leathered K2 looks nice.
Thank you!
QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Seems a shame if the black bodied K2 is not salvageable!
Oh contrare! The black bodied K2 is in perfect working condition.
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I was going to sell the black K2 after the focus screen swap, CLA and new light seals, but couldn't bring myself to do so.
Last April I had Eric H. CLA and install new light seals in the black K2.
And Eric installed the micro-prism dot focus screen from the brown K2 in it.

I planned to sell the black K2 after I had all this work performed on it, but it came back from Eric's looking and performing so great, I just couldn't part with it.

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The interesting thing is when Asahi Optical released the ES and ES II, they did just the opposite, the chrome became the special order Item. Chrome ES II are rare and the ES even more so.
And with the LX, they only made it in black. I certainly would have liked to have a chrome version too!
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