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    Any regrets not buying black?

    I've lived with black cameras since I said goodbye to my Leicas.

    If I were to add a G1 to my kit now might be the time to splash out on either red or blue (eat your heart out Henry Ford!).

    Has anyone around here regretted buying, or not buying, a coloured body?

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    I was dead set on getting a red gh1 but there was fat chance of it being released here in Australia. I had even contemplated buying a grey market one just for the colour. In the end I got a black one and you know what, i'm glad i got it purely for the fact that it doesn't stick out like dogs nuts in the crowd and draw attention. If I could have my way I would take all the markings and branding off the camera and have it just plain black.

    But saying that, if it came out in plated gold like the old contax, I'd easily change my mind ha....If only I could afford to stick that gold zeiss lens on my gh1...mmmm..droools.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Indeed. On the one hand you don't want to look like a pro and put people off. On the other you don't want to look like a chump.

    All experiences welcome.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    I bought a blue G1, and I really like the color. Of course, I'm new to 'DSLRs' so I never had a traditional black camera. Almost bought the red one. A year later I bought the GH1, which happened to be the black model, and the G1 became my wife's camera. I have to say that I do like the black one better in terms of look. I think especially with this camera system, the black provides a nice background to showcase all those different lenses we can put on it.
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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    I've a red G1 and a black GH1. No preference between the two. Color's not a factor when I pick one up to go out the door.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    I have a blue G1 and often get positive comment about it.
    Especially when I have the Zoom-Nikkor 50-300 on it

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    My E-P1 is white and i like it so much...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kweide View Post
    My E-P1 is white and i like it so much...
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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    a matte white gh1 would be nice too....not glossy like those Pentax ones.

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    I leave my blacks to the DSLR hehe.. For fun it's hardcore chrome leica and white gf1 all the way baby!

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    I am planning on getting a pink GF1.
    And a Hello Kitty camera bag.

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    I bought the Black and have had some remorse about 'not' buying the Red. But at the end of the day, I really should spend more time worrying about how to best use the equipment than what color it is.

    I'm happy with the camera itself though

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    I am planning on getting a pink GF1.
    And a Hello Kitty camera bag.
    You know, that can be a slippery slope .... Hello Kitty Hell

    And for the record, I have a blue G1. It's rather cool-looking and a nice break from basic black.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    My sister just got 'pink' GF1 from Japan. She also got panasonic pink half case also, It looks really good.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    No black only red & blue where I got mine so I reluctantly went with blue. It is subdued enough that it is not that noticeable.
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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Bumped as I am about to buy my second G1 body. My present one is black.

    Six months since I opened this thread. Any fresh thoughts emerging?

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    Bumped as I am about to buy my second G1 body. My present one is black.

    Six months since I opened this thread. Any fresh thoughts emerging?

    Tony
    My first one is black. I took advantage of the low prices and bought a second one that was blue. No complaints, its low key and very stylish looking. It looks black in low light.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    To me, it's a tool. I don't care what color it is as long as it does the job well, and I don't care what other people think of it.

    But then I'm weird in a lot of other ways too...

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    I've lived with black cameras since I said goodbye to my Leicas.

    If I were to add a G1 to my kit now might be the time to splash out on either red or blue (eat your heart out Henry Ford!).

    Has anyone around here regretted buying, or not buying, a coloured body?
    I had to look to remember what color my G1 was (blue) as I'd forgotten.
    I look through cameras, not at them. :-)

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    I would prefer black if I had to use it - but thats me. Not that I think it would be of any importance-just a matter of personal taste.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    if you can't decide...
    Last edited by bradhusick; 17th July 2014 at 09:27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    if you can't decide...
    That would be a great street cam, no one would take you seriously.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Thanks for the answers so far.

    What I was hoping to draw out were experiences where the colour of the camera either helped or hindered the process of getting the right shot.

    For example there is a view that a decent sized lens hood suggests 'pro'.

    Conversely a pro working with a point and shoot suggests 'harmless amateur'.

    Pros ask people to do things for them as that is their job. Amateurs can take anyone's picture as they don't have the wherewithall to publish them. Years ago I was told off, at Sun Valley, by one of Arnie's heavies for taking holiday snaps of him on the ice rink. I was using a 1Ds and a 70-200 zoom. I am sure they'd have totally ignored me if I'd been using my wife's Ricoh.

    A scuffed camera creates a different impression to a pristine one. Again the hard nosed pro rather than the yuppy straight out of B&H.

    Of course we can all rise above this and say it does not matter - making this whole thread a waste of space. My experience is that the relationship between the photographer and the person being photographed is sensitive and does have an effect on the images obtained - and the look of the tool is a component in the relationship, even if some of you think it inconsequential.

    I simply cannot believe that those of you with red or blue G1's have never had a reaction.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    I would give houseroom to a real chrome GF-1 if they ever did a special edition!

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    I would give houseroom to a real chrome GF-1 if they ever did a special edition!
    Send your GF-1 to me and I will cover in Silver or even 24 K Gold if you like.

    Chrome? bah.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Started off with a blue G1 for my wife, and she really likes the color (as do I). It's distinctive without being overly dramatic. For my GH1 I went with black because I got a really good deal on a used one (and I don't like the champagne version anyway). No regrets with either choice. My film cameras are a mix of chrome and black for the most part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Send your GF-1 to me and I will cover in Silver or even 24 K Gold if you like.

    Chrome? bah.
    So long as you don't want to copy the hideous Hermes look that a well known maker offers...

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    I simply cannot believe that those of you with red or blue G1's have never had a reaction.
    I have found the sand dunes seem to react to my blue G1 and black Canon about the same

    Sorry, I don't really shoot people very often at all, and those that I do are people I know who are far more likely to react to me than the color of my camera. So I don't have much of use to offer you.

    But I completely understand what you are saying, and I can certainly imagine the different reactions people have based on the camera used. I've often read "people" photographers praising the higher quality compacts like the LX3 or S90 as offering good IQ with a completely different interaction with their subject compared to when a 1Ds+L glass is pointed at them.

    For what it is worth, the blue G1 I have is very muted. I'd imagine more of a reaction from some of the wild colored pentax cameras.

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    I have the white with tan handgrip EP1 and I'd sell it in a flash and get an EP2 with the EVF if it was available in the same finish.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    I almost pulled the trigger on a black E-PL1, then at the last minute went for the blue. And I really like it....

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    "For what it is worth, the blue G1 I have is very muted."

    Agreed. I bought one yesterday via eBay and am pleased with the choice.

    The difference is minimal but it makes an already small body look even a bit smaller. Not a big difference - a slight one.

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    A few days after I received my E-P2, early in this year, Panasonic decided to stage a demo/show in the lobby of the building where I work. The "main event" was the big 3D TV at the back, but I went directly to the little booth where they had the G cameras.

    That evening, I read a disparaging remark on a (different) forum, where someone had written that the Olympus cameras were "real" cameras, but the Panasonics were "just toys". I replied that I agreed wholeheartedly, really enjoyed my E-P2, and intended to buy my toy in red.

    When I did buy a Lumix G2, I got it in blue instead. I've gotten a lot of compliments on the indigo blue color. Sometimes, though, I wish I'd gone ahead and gotten it in red.

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    Re: Any regrets not buying black?

    Got the Blue G1 because I liked the colour, bonus was it was cheaper.
    Now looking at a Red GH1 body, I don't like that colour but it's 150 cheaper than the black version.

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    arpoador's message interested me. As posted above my blue one arrrived a couple of days ago. I liked it so much that, out of curiosity, I looked on eBay for red G1 bodies.

    That was only yesterday and, as I am about to take a week away from home, I'll not be jumping in immediately.

    I would be more than hesitant at buying anything as multi-coloured as those cameras posted a while ago - but I think that Panasonic have produced two quite classy alternatives to black.

    No, of course it makes no different to the images. Does it make a difference to how you are perceived as a photographer? I am pretty sure that you'd be treated with some suspicion if you had a red one on your shoulder when you applied for a job with the Press Association.

    But would any CEO not treat you seriously if you turned up to take his/her portrait with one? It might turn out to be a bit of a conversation piece and an ice-breaker. As would happen if you turned up with an antique camera using film.

    Anyone in the market for a one owner black G1. Location Fulham, London?

    Tony

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