Another case of the E-M5iii tripod mount failing

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TomFid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,349
Re: Another case of the E-M5iii tripod mount failing

JakeJY wrote:

In general tripod mounts aren't designed to be pulled from the bottom (they are designed to mount the camera and lens on tripod), so not sure if there would be any possibility to claim it is Olympus's fault if it fails from such usage. Some people refuse to use tripod mount straps for the same reason.

When the camera is on a tripod with a longish lens, the torque of the lens is pivoting around the front edge of the body, which levers the socket, i.e. pulls it from the bottom. The loads from the capture clip aren't much different - if anything, they're more benign because clips and slings aren't generally attached to a rigid body.

People say that tripod loads are small because they're static, but that's not really so. Mfg can't just design for the camera to sit quietly on a plate. People carry tripods around, they fall down, and things fall on them, yet most of the time the sockets don't break. So they must be designed with hefty safety margins.

It's looking like the safety margin isn't big enough this time.

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