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    Dear all,

    I like the black paint finish, but have been seeing many used lenses with quite obvious paint loss. Would you suggest Chrome finish is more durable for daily uses?

    Thanks for your advice.
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    Re: Durability of different Leica M finishes

    Quote Originally Posted by steve.chang View Post
    Dear all,

    I like the black paint finish, but have been seeing many used lenses with quite obvious paint loss. Would you suggest Chrome finish is more durable for daily uses?

    Thanks for your advice.
    Best,

    Steve
    The finish is, but they are quite a bit heavier.

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    Re: Durability of different Leica M finishes

    Atually there are two different "black" finish, one is the "black anodized", lighter, because the outer part of the barrel is mostly aluminium, and an other is the "black paint" which is actually laquered on top of brass, and therefore is as heavy as the "silver" version.

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    Re: Durability of different Leica M finishes

    Besides being heavier and a bit more durable, the silver lenses can scuff and do show wear.
    The black paint wears to a brass which looks pretty good. The black anodized wears to aluminum which I think looks less good then the black paint over brass.

    As Jono says, all the brass body lenses are heavier.
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    Last edited by Bob; 28th March 2011 at 11:09.

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    Re: Durability of different Leica M finishes

    Thank you all, including stephengilbert.

    I just checked the leica site for 50mm cron. The black anodized one weights 240g, and the silver chrome one weights 335g.

    -Steve

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    Re: Durability of different Leica M finishes

    Quote Originally Posted by steve.chang View Post
    Thank you all, including stephengilbert.

    I just checked the leica site for 50mm cron. The black anodized one weights 240g, and the silver chrome one weights 335g.

    -Steve
    There you go.
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