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Shallow Question: X-T3 - Black or Silver?

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
2,738
Jersey Shore
The title says it all. I'm picking up a Fuji X-T3 for Christmas and I'm trying to decide which color. My lenses are black. Perhaps one wears better than the other? My X-T1 was black.
 

mike3996

Regular
Apr 2, 2018
178
I'd personally go for silver. There's an actual reason behind this, too: doing street portraits a silver body looks more toyish, perhaps, also prettier. With strangers it will likely extract more positive reactions.

If one doesn't do streets, then it's entirely subjective, methinks. The silver of XT3 is not as nice as the Graphite Silver of XT1. Would still get the silver XT3 in a heartbeat, especially when there's no extra markup in the price like there was with the 1...
 
I prefer the black bodies to the silver. Doing event work, my experience is opposite of Mike’s. The silver catches people’s eye much easier than black. Which draws their attention to the camera. That makes grabbing candids more difficult. I use black bodies with gaff tape over any white lettering when I’ve shot with XT bodies.
 

Piano

Regular
Nov 28, 2016
97
My X-T2 is black, my X-T3 is silver - no I don't know why either.... They're both pretty.
 
While I prefer black on black, I did find this exceptional X-T20 silver body a nice change. But, there are too many differences in colors with longer black lenses IMHO.

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It looks very nice with the shorter 27mm though.
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serhan

All-Pro
May 7, 2011
1,894
NYC
+1. When I had my silver ep5, my wife even told me that people were looking at it at the state fair... Also you get more reflections if you are shooting thru the glass. However silver is better with hot sun rays to reflect the heat...

I prefer the black bodies to the silver. Doing event work, my experience is opposite of Mike’s. The silver catches people’s eye much easier than black. Which draws their attention to the camera. That makes grabbing candids more difficult. I use black bodies with gaff tape over any white lettering when I’ve shot with XT bodies.
 

gryphon1911

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2015
1,031
Central Ohio, USA
My biggest concern with silver or "panda" styled cameras is that it seems that the finish is not as durable as the all black cameras. I've had a Fuji X-E1 and Olympus EM5.2 cameras that have had the silver finish rub off. I've not really had that happen to any of the black cameras I've owned.

As far as preference goes, outside of the finish issue...I guess it really is all about what looks good to you.
 

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
2,738
Jersey Shore
My biggest concern with silver or "panda" styled cameras is that it seems that the finish is not as durable as the all black cameras. I've had a Fuji X-E1 and Olympus EM5.2 cameras that have had the silver finish rub off. I've not really had that happen to any of the black cameras I've owned.

As far as preference goes, outside of the finish issue...I guess it really is all about what looks good to you.
Now this is exactly what I thought might be the case. The old silver and black Minoltas and Pentaxes that I had in the 1980’s never had this problem.

I guess it’ll be the black X-T3 for me. Although I’d take the risk on a graphite one if they made it. Alas, such is not the case.
 

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