Reading and responding to Mark Stephan's post about cameras strap lugs and split rings got me to thinking about the damage some of us did to our beautiful cameras. Back in 1972 I bought a beautiful black Canon FTb. Everyone knew that "Black was Beautiful". All the pro's used black cameras, well at least those in the ads. One of the first things I did was to toss the skinny black camera strap. It was such the mark of an amateur to use the factory strap. I purchased the gaudiest strap, hey that was the style in 1972, I could find. 30 years later the camera top plate was a mess. A well used black camera can show a the emergence of the brass top plate where the paint has worn over the years. You know the owner got a great deal of use from the camera. They used it. They didn't abuse it. What some of us did should be considered a crime against the classics. I no longer have the original Canon FTb so I will show you my Pentax ES. First the culprit.