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Archive 2013 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?
  
 
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p.2 #1 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


My Nikon F2 metering head uses a CdS (cadmium sulfide) cell to meter light. It was supposed to have died many years ago, according to the experts.


Feb 15, 2013 at 05:19 PM
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p.2 #2 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


The Pentax SP 500 also used mercury cell batteries. I have a Rolleiflex 3.5F from the mid 60's that has that kind of meter. When I use the camera, I use my Sekonic hand held meter, but the CDS meter on the Rollei is still pretty close.
Look at the new Citizen Eco drive watches that run on solar energy. It never needs a battery unless the storage cell goes bad. I bought one for my wife a few years ago and put it sunlight every few months.



Feb 15, 2013 at 09:58 PM
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tedbare wrote:
Must... restrain... self... eerrrg...

In 10 years, photographers (or whatever they're called in the future) are going to look at us just like we look at film photographers from the 70's. They'll be laughing at how much we paid for our gear (seriously? you really paid $5000 for that D3s? dude, that thing is a worthless boat anchor!).


In the '70's one of the professors in the school I was attending bought an electronic calculator. It cost $5000. The advantage of that calculator over others was that it did square roots.

I bought one at Staples a few years ago for $3. It fit in my pocket, whereas the '70's version took up a whole desktop.

Of course that was more than 10 years ago.



Feb 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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I just hope to be alive in 10 years. They can bury my camera with me, if I don't make...


Feb 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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p.2 #5 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


> Are all the electronic components in our cameras and lenses going to break down within 10 years?!!!!

If you're worried about solder...can I tell you about hot electrons?



Feb 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM
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MalbikEndar wrote:
> Are all the electronic components in our cameras and lenses going to break down within 10 years?!!!!

If you're worried about solder...can I tell you about hot electrons?


Sure! I would love to hear about hot electrons. How hot are they (in eV?)? I suspect due to their relatively heavy mass can cause a lot of damage

Thanks
Saba



Feb 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM
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p.2 #7 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


Maybe hot electrons with all their mass wear out wires from the inside?


Feb 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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p.2 #8 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


Well, my 80-200AFS is certainly over 10 years old and it seems to be doing fine as is my 17-35/2.8 AFS.


Feb 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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runamuck wrote:
Maybe hot electrons with all their mass wear out wires from the inside?

Good one
Saba



Feb 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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p.2 #10 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


jhinkey wrote:
Well, my 80-200AFS is certainly over 10 years old and it seems to be doing fine as is my 17-35/2.8 AFS.


Is it RoHS compliant? That is, does it have the new type of solder? Does it have the (10) logo? You might be lucky and it is just old enough.

Unfortunately, my cherished Nikkor 300mm f/4 has that dreaded (10) logo on it.

Cheers
Saba



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p.2 #11 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


Dudewithoutape wrote:
Very true. Bodies, and even lenses to a lesser extent, are technology goods. Newer and better models are always coming out. Pushing down the value of yester year's cameras. Will you be using this camera body in ten years? Will you even worry? How much will it cost to replace?



I'm currently using a 1942 vintage Leica IIIc as my primary camera. I also use a 1935 Bessa, 1928 Bergheil, 1914 Kodak Special No.1, and am looking for an 1860s sliding box camera. I'd hate to think that a new camera from today will have trouble making it ten years while my 100 year old Kodak will probably still be going strong 50 years from now.


Kent in SD



Feb 16, 2013 at 01:18 AM
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Two23 wrote:
I'm currently using a 1942 vintage Leica IIIc as my primary camera. I also use a 1935 Bessa, 1928 Bergheil, 1914 Kodak Special No.1, and am looking for an 1860s sliding box camera. I'd hate to think that a new camera from today will have trouble making it ten years while my 100 year old Kodak will probably still be going strong 50 years from now.

Kent in SD

Right on



Feb 16, 2013 at 01:33 AM
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jhinkey wrote:
Well, my 80-200AFS is certainly over 10 years old and it seems to be doing fine as is my 17-35/2.8 AFS.


RoHS wasn't implemented until 2004...



Feb 16, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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M635_Guy wrote:
RoHS wasn't implemented until 2004...


Good info. Anything before 2004 might be fine
Saba



Feb 16, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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p.2 #15 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


M635_Guy wrote:
RoHS wasn't implemented until 2004...


I knew I was holding onto these for a reason!



Feb 16, 2013 at 03:49 AM
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Holy cow?? Are you guys seriously WORRIED about this??


Feb 16, 2013 at 04:04 AM
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p.2 #17 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


I thought the arrows around the 10 was China's Environmentally Friendly Use Period (EFUP) logo. The period of time before any of the substances that harm the environment may leak out.

That does not necessarily make me feel any better on long a device may last.



Feb 16, 2013 at 04:34 AM
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p.2 #18 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


My D3 would look good with a mustache.


Feb 16, 2013 at 05:39 AM
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NathanHamler wrote:
Holy cow?? Are you guys seriously WORRIED about this??


No... (I just bought the 70-200 f/4 and 85 f/1.8G, so if I was WORRIED, I wouldn't have bought 'em)

I'd just like a concise, informed opinion about what it means.



Feb 16, 2013 at 05:46 AM
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p.2 #20 · Are all our lenses and cameras going to bust in 10 years?


M635_Guy wrote:
No... (I just bought the 70-200 f/4 and 85 f/1.8G, so if I was WORRIED, I wouldn't have bought 'em)

I'd just like a concise, informed opinion about what it means.


I think the most reliable information is from NASA. However the bottom line is at the bottom of this page

http://nepp.nasa.gov/whisker/background/index.htm

It simply concludes: avoid use of pure tin in electroplating and soldering.
Peace
Saba



Feb 16, 2013 at 05:52 AM
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