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| p.1 #13 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years? |
I agree that the bigger problem here - if you can call it a problem - is simply that the complexity of this equipment is increasing exponentially.
I mean, it's all well and good to point at the lenses and camera bodies of yesteryear and see how they've withstood so many years of use, but the fact is that they didn't have very much to break. Heavy metal components (not because they wanted beautiful build quality, but because plastics and lighter alloys were not as widely worked with, or as cheap). Sparse on electronics (again - forced into it, not a choice by designers). Simple design, simple features.
So... now we have AF-S for silent and fast focusing. VR for shooting handheld. Plastic, rubber and aluminum abound for lighter weight. Our cameras have so many features and options it's hard to keep track. That's what is going to kill this equipment: not the lead-free solder, but that there are so many more things to break. It's great that we have options, but some of you buying the new Zeiss lenses or whatever will certainly be enjoying them longer than my G AF-S VRIII E N wonder-lens. On the other hand, I can handhold in the dark and still focus track a flying owl, so there are tradeoffs...