Another case of the E-M5iii tripod mount failing

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millardmt Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: E-M5iii isn't the only plastic camera to fail ...

JakeJY wrote:

millardmt wrote:

millardmt wrote:

I just found this DPR thread about the Canon EOS M5.

And here's another instance.

Note that in both cases there's reference to a metal plate above the plastic base. Fat lot of good that does. The common denominator is the use of cheap PLASTIC.

Marc

There's another in the other thread and it was a E-M5 with the magnesium alloy body. I'm also not sure looking online will be completely comprehensive given there certainly will be cases not reported at all online or we just didn't find yet.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/63532750

No, I'm certain you're right. Self-reported data is never generalizable. And breakages and failures of any kind are usually over-reported (to an unknowable degree). These are anectodal data which, by definition, do not describe the actual universe of user experiences; *no* inferences of any kind can therefore ever be drawn from them.

Having said that, the use of plastic in cameras is nearly always a cost-cutting measure and ought to serve as a red flag to potential consumers. There's a reason that -- at least here in the States -- a consortium of manufacturers spends tens of millions of dollars annually on television advertisements whose enduring theme is "Our world is much better with plastic!"

Marc

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