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I have a few 28mm lenses  - including from Leica.  But I want this TTArtisans 28mm f5.6 black finish not chrome!  Just because I love the way it looks in black!

https://photorumors.com/2022/05/10/also-coming-soon-black-ttartisan-28mm-f-5-6-lens-for-leica-m-mount/

I am eagerly waiting for it to be released, but it really is non-sensical as my current small 28s are much better optically - Elmarit Asph and CV 28 3.5.  And yet...

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Not at all. If it makes you happy nothing else really matters. I got a black paint M10-R just because it looks so brutally cool AND a black paint Voigtlander Ultron 28/2 II ASPH to go with it. I am of course blessed that both camera and the lens are top notch first class tools for work... on top of their dandy looks.

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Definitely find and use a LEGENDARY summmaron Black.

For the looks alone, if you really like how this chinese looks, save it as your phone home screen and admire it whenever you need your fix.

I do this a lot with brassed Black Paint Leicas and ratty old Billingham bags. Love looking at them sexy badass babes.

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1 hour ago, Capuccino-Muffin said:

Definitely find and use a LEGENDARY summmaron Black.

For the looks alone, if you really like how this chinese looks, save it as your phone home screen and admire it whenever you need your fix.

I do this a lot with brassed Black Paint Leicas and ratty old Billingham bags. Love looking at them sexy badass babes.

Nah, I have the Orion 15 if I want to use legendary.

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Just now, Capuccino-Muffin said:

Copy of legendary is like multiplying a Billion by Zero. 

But then it would not exist.

And  yet it does!

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The legendary Orion 15, using an M-A and Ilford Hp5

 

Even though I have a lens this amazing, I still want the TTA 28 in black, just because.

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Hey, it's a hobby about aesthetics, so why not? 

I've grown to seriously dislike black lenses with the chrome hood mount, like Zeiss and many Voigtlanders. So much so I won't buy anymore, however good they may be. I HAVE to put a hood over, it bugs me that much.

I'm looking for a Summarit 35, but I want the 2.5 version for its less barrel-like, more graceful (to me) shape.

John

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2 hours ago, johnwolf said:

Hey, it's a hobby about aesthetics, so why not? 

I've grown to seriously dislike black lenses with the chrome hood mount, like Zeiss and many Voigtlanders. So much so I won't buy anymore, however good they may be. I HAVE to put a hood over, it bugs me that much.

I'm looking for a Summarit 35, but I want the 2.5 version for its less barrel-like, more graceful (to me) shape.

John

I just do not understand that chrome ring on the front of Zeiss and CV lenses.  I think it's all part of the plan to force us to buy the optional and expensive lens hoods!  Plus it looks ugly IMO.  I have quite a few ZM and CV lenses.  And ya, I have the hoods for them.  Darn it they got me!

It's actually why I cannot bring myself to buy the optically awesome CV 28mm Ultron v2.  That chrome ring on the front.  Ick.  

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I love classy looking lens, especially if they are great performers.

Latest love: Voigtlander 35mm f/2 Ultron II  Black 

CLASSIC 1970'S STYLING ON REAL BRASS LENS BARREL

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You need a Chiyoko (Rokkor) 2.8 45 mm for your tiny lens collection. Unfortunately, they were only made in chrome over brass. Bring the rattle can for a copy in black. No click stops as a bonus!

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4 hours ago, Huss said:

I just do not understand that chrome ring on the front of Zeiss and CV lenses.  I think it's all part of the plan to force us to buy the optional and expensive lens hoods!  Plus it looks ugly IMO.  I have quite a few ZM and CV lenses.  And ya, I have the hoods for them.  Darn it they got me!

It's actually why I cannot bring myself to buy the optically awesome CV 28mm Ultron v2.  That chrome ring on the front.  Ick.  

If you have a way to remove the chrome plating and repaint the ring, its not too difficult to remove.

Usually the name plate is threaded in and easy to unscrew with a rubber lens cone, which reveals three screws that hold in the chrome ring. 

I would consider doing it, but I don't trust any paint shop here to do a good job with it...

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