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So why are most serious cameras black?

 
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Jan 25, 2013 11:16 |  #1

Why not a floral pattern 1DX? No, seriously... why not?


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Jan 25, 2013 11:20 |  #2

I've heard that it's for glare but that always seemed lame. BTW, the real serious cameras are not black. http://www.hasselblad.​com/ferrari-edition.aspx (external link)


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Jan 25, 2013 11:21 |  #3

DSLRs aren't a fashion item yet ;)

That would be funny though, a "fashion" level DSLR. No sensor, no functional lens, just a plastic body in the shape of a DSLR decorated with some odd patterns.

The D5200 if you call that "serious" comes in 3 colors.

Seriously, I don't know why they're black, but a guess on my part would be that black tends to be more professional, subdued, and apparently has something to do with sunlight. Not sure why athletes wear the black stuff (don't know what it's called) under their eyes when playing outside, but it's quite common in sports like the NFL.


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Jan 25, 2013 11:26 |  #4

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I've heard that it's for glare but that always seemed lame. BTW, the real serious cameras are not black. http://www.hasselblad.​com/ferrari-edition.aspx (external link)

Habblesad had it's integrity somewhat shot with the recent Lunar fiasco, I don't think anyone could fault them for releasing a red H4D40, next to something so horribly outlandish.


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Jan 25, 2013 11:31 |  #5

There are situations, especially when doing closeup work of reflective subjects, that light reflected off the camera can cause issues. You minimize that issue by painting it flat black.

Often, photographers prefer not to draw attention to themselves, preferring to blend into the crowd. I wear black when shooting theatre rehearsals so as not to be a distraction. The white 70-200 is a detriment to those efforts.

In other news, Henry Ford decided to paint his Model T black because the black paint dried faster than other colors. He is famous for saying that people could order a Model T in any color they want, as long as it's black.


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Jan 25, 2013 11:33 |  #6

Imagine the "I cant stand a white L lens" crowd howling about a brightly colored dslr.




  
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Jan 25, 2013 11:35 |  #7

Canikonylympus could take a page out of Pentax's book:

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Jan 25, 2013 11:36 |  #8

darosk wrote in post #15532434 (external link)
Canikonylympus could take a page out of Pentax's book:

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Jan 25, 2013 11:37 |  #9

darosk wrote in post #15532434 (external link)
Canikonylympus could take a page out of Pentax's book:

Lego cameras. :)


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Jan 25, 2013 15:13 |  #10

darosk wrote in post #15532434 (external link)
Canikonylympus could take a page out of Pentax's book:

That's a pretty ugly book.

On the other hand, camera manufacturers could go the route of farm equipment makers. Everyone knows that John Deere is green, Case IH is red, Caterpillar is yellow, etc. Making their brand visible from half a mile away is a huge part of their marketing plan.

Pretty easy to guess who made this tractor.

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Jan 25, 2013 17:10 |  #11

Generally if you are taking pictures, you want to be transparent and not stick out. So black is going to tend to do that more than anything else.


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Jan 25, 2013 17:24 |  #12

Black is the new black.


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Jan 25, 2013 17:29 |  #13

Cause it goes well with everything...

(and it's slimming)


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Jan 25, 2013 17:31 |  #14

Here's a home-made white Canon: http://www.petapixel.c​om …i-fit-for-a-stormtrooper/ (external link)


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Jan 25, 2013 21:40 |  #15

gjl711 wrote in post #15532375 (external link)
I've heard that it's for glare but that always seemed lame. BTW, the real serious cameras are not black. http://www.hasselblad.​com/ferrari-edition.aspx (external link)

No, they're still a tasteful black: http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Sinar (external link)


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