Build quality of cameras

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tbcass
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Re: Build quality of cameras

FrancoD wrote:

Back in the 80s, when there were a lot of private label brands so often the same camera appeared under many different names , one of those stood out from the rest because it felt "more solid" , particularly to the customer.

One day we got hold of one that was faulty and not worth repairing, so we took it apart. Inside we found a small lead bar.

That doesn't surprise me in the least!!!

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 10,934
Re: Build quality of cameras

This is not it but same idea.

The one in this photo is one of the many imitation SLR plastic things that were sold on line or to tourists years ago

(focus free and with OPTICAL LENS !!!!)

tbcass
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Re: Build quality of cameras

FrancoD wrote:

(focus free and with OPTICAL LENS !!!!)

LOL, Optical lens!!! Looking at the photo above it appears the front of the "lens" is merely a piece of plain glass with the real lens deep inside. It's a prime example of "snake oil"". For a viewfinder do you just look through a hole on top? Did the camera actually work?

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 10,934
Re: Build quality of cameras

The lens, plastic, is indeed way back. They have a waist level type viewing (hence the cyclop eye) as well as a side VF.

Occasionally customers would bring one in to find out if they bought a bargain or to try to trade them in. They came with different brands on them, the one with the lead showing was branded Canon.

(photos from the Net, not my cameras....)

ThrillaMozilla Veteran Member • Posts: 4,038
Re: Build quality of cameras

FrancoD wrote:

Back in the 80s, when there were a lot of private label brands so often the same camera appeared under many different names , one of those stood out from the rest because it felt "more solid" , particularly to the customer.

One day we got hold of one that was faulty and not worth repairing, so we took it apart. Inside we found a small lead bar.

ROFL

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Jan Steinman
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I was impressed with the build quality of my Olympus OM-2 from day one, through upgrades to the OM-4T, including most of the "fast wides," their outstanding macro kit (including the one-of-a-kind Telescoping Extension Tube with automatic diaphragm).

In particular, the OM "great whites" had superb build quality. You can focus them with the touch of one finger, yet they stay put unless you touch them. It is rumoured that the three "great white" Olympus OM lenses were assembled by a single master craftsman.

Olympus always had better build quality for its premium pro line of cameras and lenses, but I think they sagged a bit between then and now. The E-Series was good, but plasticy-feeling. The single-digit E bodies were weather sealed, as were the E System pro lenses. Again, the Super High Grade pro lenses were built second to none. I still buy the SHG lenses for use with µ4/3rds bodies, via adaptors. But the bodies were big, heavy, clunky, and plasticy; not the jewel-like quality of their film days.

Now with the OM-D series — especially the high end — I think Olympus has regained its reputation for outstanding build quality.

I don't know much about Canikony and their build quality, but the high-end Olympus stuff has never disappointed me!

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