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Glossary Terms

Brassing refers to wear and tear on a camera or lens body, originally describing spots where the factory finish has worn away to expose bare metal underneath. In traditional camera manufacturing this metal was, or appears to be, brass. Some feel this adds character to a camera, rather than being a disfiguring flaw.

In later-manufactured cameras the "brassing" may reveal black or white molded plastic—which generally doesn't evoke the same positive associations.