Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/09/25

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Subject: [Leica] OT Canon G9
From: Afterswift at (
Date: Tue Sep 25 18:47:26 2007

In a message dated 9/25/2007 5:48:22 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

I've  never had a digital camera "die." Have others?

George  Lottermoser
Hi George,
The only way a film camera can die is if its shutter goes  dead. In quality 
bodies, mechanical shutters seldom drop out; but electronically  controlled 
shutters sometimes do. However, the film in a Leica M can't die. It's  
counterpart, the sensor array in an M8, can suddenly conk out -- even  
the camera be fairly recent. It seems to me that a digital camera is  
similar to 
a Rube Goldberg sketch. Troubles can cascade if one thing goes wrong.  What 
amazes me is how dependable my Nikon D70 is turning out. Even the early Oly  
5050, after its Sony sensor was replaced without charge, is performing  
reliably. Sony used a plastic substrate, I believe, in the initial runs of 
the  5050. 
It was replaced by Oly with a sensor that used a ceramic substrate, thus  
keeping all the pixels stable and therefore the colors normal. 
So we have a subcontractor problem with parts in most digital  bodies. Then 
there's the little motors that drive focus and zooms in the  prosumers, like 
the Nikon 5200 and Canon G9.  I doubt  that most digitals will run at their 
after 10 years. The setting retaining  capacitor in the Oly 5050 lasted 
2 months. I don't even bother Oly to  replace it. I just reset my ISO, etc. 
when I change batteries. 
It comes with the territory.

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