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Old 02-22-2012   #121
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When I wanted silver, I got black. When I wanted black, I got silver.

In the end, they're all good. The problem is getting them.
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Old 03-05-2012   #122
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Hey, Brian! Stop introducing facts into a perfectly good argument!

(Especially when you beat me to it by a week).

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I agree and I bought my M6 when I bought it 2nd hand and although I prefered a black body and hand no other choice. So I bought silver body. And then when I bought my M8 I already found out there was a risk of Black paint ware out on every Black m8 so I choose Silver body. Now I love the silver as a black lens gose well with Silver body.
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Old 06-22-2012   #123
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silver on silver.

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Old 06-23-2012   #124
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Black because of the brassing....
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Old 06-24-2012   #125
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I like both, I have 5 M cameras, a black paint M4 and a silver M4, a black paint M3 and a silver M3, and a black M6.

I do prefer the look of black cameras, so I have been collecting them. So far I have the following cameras in black,

Canonet QL17
Olympus SP
Olympus Pen S
Nikon F w/eye-level finder, FE, FM, FM2, FM3A
Pentax S2, S3, SV, and SP
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Yashica Professional,
Mamiya Universal Press, etc

I just need a black M2 and a silver M2...
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Old 07-04-2012   #126
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Silver chrome: M9-P, MP, 35/2 Asph, 50/2
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Old 07-05-2012   #127
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Sorry for OT, but probably people here know this: Is digital Leica silver bodies (M8, M9P, X2) chromed or anodized?
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Old 07-05-2012   #128
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M8 and M9-P: silver-chromed and X2: silver-anodised, i believe
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Old 07-05-2012   #129
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M8 and M9-P: silver-chromed and X2: silver-anodised, i believe
Thank you. I figured X2 would be anodised since the plates are aluminum, but wasn't sure about brass made digital Ms.
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Old 07-18-2012   #130
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35mm most of mine are silver.

Medium format most are black.
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Old 02-04-2013   #131
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Give me a brushed chrome (a.k.a. "silver") finish (both cameras and lenses) every time!
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Old 02-05-2013   #132
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I ended up with a black M and silver Summicron collapsible, but the color scheme was mostly by chance, because I wasn't sure which 50mm lens I'd end up liking most when I bought the black camera, and the collapsible was the only silver 50 I tried (I sold the black Summicron in my avatar.) I think it looks pretty cool. I guess I could paint the front half of it black to complete the HCB look.

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Old 04-17-2013   #133
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While I prefer black, I'm not too fussed and I wouldn't pay more for black. I'm just grateful I can afford one. :-)
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Old 04-21-2013   #134
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Given a choice, I would pick black - but the overall condition of the camera is far more important than the color. I would not turn away a mint condition silver M6 in favor of a run down black M6, for example (historic M cameras aside).

The same principle applies to lenses.
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Old 07-09-2013   #135
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My M3 and M9 are silver while my M6 and M8 and the Standard are black. Both types are beautiful.
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Old 08-04-2013   #136
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Black because I know there's black tape, but I'm wanting to know if anyone's gotten a hold of silver tape to cover the labels on their silver Leica...
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Old 08-05-2013   #137
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I'm so old I remember when well known New York street photogs thought they would be less noticed if they had a black Leica. Of course it only took a few months for everybody to figure out that if you had a black Leica you presumed yourself to be a hot pro street photog. So the black on the Leica had the opposite effect they were trying for. Of course now you can buy black plastic Minoltas (not that Minoltas are bad, I have quite a few and some are very nice). So you have to decide -- is the black "cool" or pretentious?
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Old 08-08-2013   #138
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I'm at a point where given a choice I'll always take chrome. The new Nokton 50 is on my short list but a chrome 50 Summilux is where the heart's real longing lies. But I'm happy to put anything on my new M-E bought a week ago. Rather content either way at the moment.
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Old 08-14-2013   #139
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the Hermes one or Military Green..then Chrome.
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Old 08-24-2013   #140
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Long ago I answered black. Today: silver.
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Old 10-13-2013   #141
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I got the silver one, but the black one looks great.
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Old 12-08-2013   #142
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I love black but I'm awaiting a silver M8.2, so I'll let ya know...
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Old 12-15-2013   #143
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Both...like to think I have a system but a lot is circumstance:

Black M4P with 50mm Summicron (black)
Silver M6 classic with 35mm Biogon-C (silver)

Champagne (silverish) Mamiya 7II with 65mm
Black Mamiya 7II with 80

I keep the wider lenses on the silver bodies. I tend to prefer black but this is what I ended up with through trades and cameras I couldn't pass on. The M6 as taught me to appreciate silver.
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Old 12-17-2013   #144
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Ahhhh, SILVER!
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Old 06-02-2014   #145
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if you have a leica painted black're not afraid of chipping, because under no brass, but for me the leica chrome is more beautiful. I vote silver.
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Old 06-03-2014   #146
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I've pondered this question many times, having owned a silver chrome, black chrome, black paint, and grey finishes on my Leicas. I personally liked them all, but if I had to make a choice (a tough one), I liked the silver chrome the best, and the black paint the least. The black chrome is a close second favorite, though. It really depends on the day, though!

However, I personally just like the colder (more metallic?) feel of chrome on my fingers than the softer paint feel.

I use, though, they're the same to me. Whether I'm using a black chrome + black dot + black lens combo or a silver + red dot + silver, what really made me more "stealth" is how I acted rather than the camera I used. Smoother and "non-guilty" behavior did more for me than anythign else, and the more I shot on the streets, the better I got at this. (Although when I used an external viewfinder, I always seemed to attract more attention, stares, and questions). In all my years of shooting, though, I've never had any altercations on the street because of taking photos. Oddly, there was this one lady who insisted I delete the photo I allegedly took of her, when I really didn't (so I guess that doesn't count). Oh, for the record, I was using a Steel Grey M9 at the time, with a 15mm external viewfinder!
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Old 06-04-2014   #147
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Old 06-12-2014   #148
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1) Black body + Silver lens
2) Silver body + Silver lens
3) Black body + Black lens
4) Silver body + Black lens

They all look good, tho.
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Old 07-24-2014   #149
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Usually Silver (chrome) body with Black lens.

It works for me - as black lens is easier to read for distance scale y f-stops.
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Old 07-25-2014   #150
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Black because I know there's black tape, but I'm wanting to know if anyone's gotten a hold of silver tape to cover the labels on their silver Leica...
Something I never understood, sticking tape on your camera, except to keep it from falling apart....
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Old 08-02-2014   #151
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Doesn't matter, except for the M6, which is not pretty in chrome.
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I'm trying to decide between a Black or Silver Nikon FM3a.

Leaning toward silver I think.
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I ended up with a black M and silver Summicron collapsible, but the color scheme was mostly by chance, because I wasn't sure which 50mm lens I'd end up liking most when I bought the black camera, and the collapsible was the only silver 50 I tried (I sold the black Summicron in my avatar.) I think it looks pretty cool. I guess I could paint the front half of it black to complete the HCB look.

I love that picture.
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Old 08-12-2014   #154
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I tend to like black because it shows scuffs less. It also feels less "flashy" than chrome, as it reflects a bit less light. Most of my lenses are black, so there you go.
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Old 08-24-2014   #155
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I have a M6 silver
I have a M8.2 Silver

Both cameras I found for a good price and their body were nearly new . So I got them and I like silver Leica :-).
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Old 08-30-2014   #156
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Old 09-02-2014   #157
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I prefer silver for cameras. It seems more durable, though scratches will become obvious. Black paint doesn't seem to adhere well to corners and edges, where it tends to rub off. This is most noticeable on the wind lever, for example. I see a lot of this wear on the ridges of lens focus and aperture rings too.

I did have a chrome 35mm Summicron ASPH once. It was very compact but dense and heavy! The black lenses are lighter in weight.
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Old 12-21-2014   #158
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Silver, that's what was available when I got mine.
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Old 11-27-2015   #159
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Usually black for me. My M5 is black and since I bought my M Monochrom back in 2013 it too is black.

For my M-E I decided to get a little crazy and went for the very exotic Anthracite Gray.
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I went all over the place over the years, but my pref (for absolutely no practical reasons) is black body with chrome lens, the tux style.
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