Another case of the E-M5iii tripod mount failing

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HRC2016 Senior Member • Posts: 5,161
Re: Not Olympus fault

whumber wrote:

HRC2016 wrote:

I don't see how this is Olympus' fault. Users are using the tripod mount for something for which it is not designed. It's a tripod mount. Does this not securely mount the camera on a tripod?

Just because after-market products can use this threaded hole does not mean they should.

Olympus sells a strap that attaches via the tripod mount as an official accessory so it's not like they're thinking that the tripod mount will only ever be used on a tripod.

Certainly, if Olympus wanted to redesign this area (knowing about these after market producfs), it has that option. Alternatively, there could be a warning in their owners manual about not using the tripod-mount hole to attach the camera to a strap. There may already be a warning.

I've refrained from hanging my camera by the tripod mount for this very reason - it's not designed for this use.

I've used plenty of other cameras this way while hiking and skiing, so plenty of large cyclic loading, without ever having any issues. This really just seems like a design error.

It's not a safety issue. A recall isn't warranted, in my opinion.

The Nikon mirror oil issue wasn't a safety issue either but certainly warranted a recall.

Nikon felt it did. And it's the company's prerogative.

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