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Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
Doug, late to this thread, but glad you made a choice. Understanding, of course that there's no such thing as an "unbiased" opinion on matters of aesthetics. Bias is the only thing we have when making those kinds of personal calls. I'm a little schizo on these matters. I personally like the X100 and XE series cameras more in silver than black, as well as the Olympus EM5. But I have a Nikon Df now and I think the silver one looks like some cartoon depiction of a DSLR, whereas my black one looks like that too, but LESS so just because the silver bits don't stand out as much as when they're actually silver....

So you just gotta trust your gut. And if you like 'em both so much that you can't make up your mind, it clearly doesn't matter. So you may as well just flip a coin... Or throw two cameras up in the air and just catch one of them. And the one you don't catch you have to keep because you just broke it...

-Ray
 

Lawrence A.

Hall of Famer
Nov 8, 2012
New Mexico
Larry
It's really an aesthetics issue: keep the one you like most; no one can tell you which that is. I like black cameras, and waited years to get a black OM-1 to replace my silver one. They both did the same thing. In that instance used black models were more expensive.

Me. If I have a choice I usually go for all black, but I've had plenty of black and silver bodies in my time, and the lack of black paint didn't effect how they operated.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Can someone explain to me what the big deal is with a touch screen??? Seriously... I really have absolutely no idea, and in fact tend to discount cameras that have that, rather than good separate controls
 
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Klamcake

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Mar 10, 2012
Tom
My lord....it's irrelevant....no one can tell from the final image what the camera looked like....both are classy...
 

mattia

Regular
Dec 20, 2013
Can someone explain to me what the big deal is with a touch screen??? Seriously... I really have absolutely no idea, and in fact tend to discount cameras that have that, rather than good separate controls
It's not an either-or proposition, it's an and-and thing. The primary requirement for me is a camera with good dedicated controls (at a minimum two control dials, and preferably a third, several costumizable buttons, etc.), because those are the things I use to set my exposure triangle while keeping an eye on the camera.

However, having a good touchscreen implementation can make things a whole lot easier. My E-M1 has an almost perfect implementation - set up the 'super control panel' (one button press) and you have all your shooting settings visible at a glance. You can touch the one you want to change or scroll through them with the dials. Most importantly for me is AF point selection, which is incredibly easy and fast with a touchscreen, particularly since you can use almost the entire sensor area rather than a few select points. Touchscreen AF+shutter release also works very well for shooting from the hip, and makes the camera usable by phone photographers (because they understand that concept and you can distract them from the countless dials and buttons that just freak them out).

My comparison is my A7r, which lacks a touchscreen, meaning moving through the custom menu items is slower than press-tap-dial, and changing AF points is sssslllloooowww and annoying. Face recognition and Eye recognition only really help when shooting people.
 

theoldsmithy

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2013
Cheshire, England
Martin Connolly
I never get the AF point selection business, I have to admit. Focus and recompose is the way I have worked since I got my first camera in about 1970 (which I have just remembered was a Halina - where did that random thought come from???). But I can see that in some environments one touch to focus and shoot would be much faster.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
...Most importantly for me is AF point selection, which is incredibly easy and fast with a touchscreen, particularly since you can use almost the entire sensor area rather than a few select points. Touchscreen AF+shutter release also works very well for shooting from the hip...
Ahh. Now I understand :) Thanks :)

I never get the AF point selection business, I have to admit. Focus and recompose is the way I have worked since I got my first camera in about 1970 (which I have just remembered was a Halina - where did that random thought come from???). But I can see that in some environments one touch to focus and shoot would be much faster.
LOL I had one of those once! It was the old autolite IIRC. a strange looking animal that you had to slide to open
 

minaz

New Member
Apr 27, 2014
I have a slight dilemma.. I bought a X100s silver from Amazon and low a behold a Black version showed up a couple of days later.. I have talked with Amazon and I can return 1 no problem.. which color should I return? I like both, but obviously can't keep both.. In my eyes Silver looks Retro and Black looks Stealthy.. which one would you keep and which one would have the best resale value? Your opinions appreciated..
Thanks... :confused:
I like silver personally.
 

bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
bart
[Edit] just noticed how old this thread is, and that i had already replied :doh::laugh1: but i won't remove my message, just in case my considerations might ever benefit somebody. [/edit]

Silver or black X100: my basic thinking is that the camera's color won't make a massive difference to how noticeable you are; size, and most importantly your behavior, will matter more. And once people see you, you'll want to look as harmless as possible. Black is marginally more stealthy, but silver looks more retro and therefore less treatening - so in terms of people's reactions, I'd go for silver. At least on the X100, which half disappears in your hands anyway; perhaps with a bigger camera, the silver would make it too shiny.
 

gryphon1911

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2015
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
Can someone explain to me what the big deal is with a touch screen??? Seriously... I really have absolutely no idea, and in fact tend to discount cameras that have that, rather than good separate controls
Have a catastrophic injury to one of your arms on time where you cannot hold anything; when you have photo jobs lined up and cannot cancel or find someone else to cover. You'll be glad that the touch screen was there to help you from having your business tank.

I know this from personal experience.
 

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