Reliabilty of m43 mirrorless cameras

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Adrian Harris
Adrian Harris Veteran Member • Posts: 6,031
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I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

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Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 8,717
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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it 

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YWG Contributing Member • Posts: 759
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Adrian Harris wrote:

I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

Start another Olympus is doomed thread?

I am looking at my ancient 14-54mm mkI. I think I must be the 3rd or 4th owner and the focus ring rubber has gone to melted tar. Picking it off gingerly like  a scab but the optics and other mechanics work fine. I guess it is a bit of luck as I know others have had ribbon cable failures over the years.

All my m43 cameras and lenses have lasted despite my abuse. E-M5 mki fell out of a helicopter, down river banks, on the trail. My 12mm doesn't look so good but still works and I think got a little sharper too (recentred)!

Same with my Canon gear. My 30D is 16 years old and resides with my little brother now. It doesn't get used often but did get a good workout under my reign!

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Sranang Boi Senior Member • Posts: 2,184
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You need to switch to FF is you want to buy a new camera every year.

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JDLaing50 Senior Member • Posts: 2,047
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Adrian Harris wrote:

I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

Smash them with a hammer in protest.

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Isola Verde
Isola Verde Veteran Member • Posts: 9,701
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A couple of years ago, an Oly E-PM1 - bought for some £40 - arrived with its date/time system not working, and unreviveable.... and my second GF7 [irresistible recently at £100] turns out to have a slight tilt in its Level Gauge.

Although hardly overworked, all of the other 8 or 9 were / are just fine... give or take me being unable to forgive Panasonic's decision to pair the GX1 with their 14/42PZ - which almost ended my M43 adventure in its infancy!

Peter

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MHshooter
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It's too late.  By not upgrading enough, you helped to kill Olympus. 

techie takes pics Senior Member • Posts: 1,101
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Adrian Harris wrote:

I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

They failed to let you down.

They did not break as expected.

You need to take action. The human mind is not built to deal with such discrepancies.

Take that M1.2, put a lens on it for good measure, and hose it down.

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Brian Wadie
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Re: Reliabilty of m43 mirrorless cameras

Adrian Harris wrote:

I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

smile and keep on shooting

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Sranang Boi Senior Member • Posts: 2,184
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Hosing down an Olympus camera won't destroy it unfortunately.

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millardmt Regular Member • Posts: 404
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I would have sent them all back while still under warranty.

greyghost59 Contributing Member • Posts: 628
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Damn it mines only got a trillion shots on it....

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jf_tea Senior Member • Posts: 1,466
EM5 died after 45K shutter activations

I bought it in 2012. Took 45K pictures -- much less than gazillions

it died suddenly and never wanted to power on ever again.

All my other M4/3 cameras are fine, even the older GX1 and the GF1 that I had before and sold to a friend.

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HRC2016 Senior Member • Posts: 5,980
Oly = reliable

My Olympus gear has never failed. So that means I have no experience with Olympus repair service.

I've have two experiences with Panny's repair service. Both negative.

A big key is using your gear correctly.

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Doxa750 Regular Member • Posts: 449
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I have found if your electronic won't fail during the first a few weeks of usage, it usually last a while.

I had Nikon D3000 that lasted for almost 5 years and it never failed.  I gave that along with some lenses to my brother to help funding his Sony FF purchase.  My Nikon D5300 also worked flawlessly for almost 2 years till I traded it for EM5 II.

It has been almost 2 years now and my EM5 II works just like day one.  A bit over 2 months ago, I bought a new EM1 III.  So I think I have several more years till I need to look for a new shiny camera body.

Cheers

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daleeight Senior Member • Posts: 2,649
Re: Reliabilty of m43 mirrorless cameras

Adrian Harris wrote:

I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

Buy a FF body like the entire world says we have to do....

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cba_melbourne Senior Member • Posts: 2,800
Re: Reliabilty of m43 mirrorless cameras

Adrian Harris wrote:

I now have four m43 cameras that have been seriously overworked from as far back as 2009, the original G1, GX7, GX8 and Em1-mk2.

I have taken about a zillion shots with each, but they have all failed to let me down or break. What should I do ?

You will eventually find an answer. GAS makes inventive.

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Emsquared Forum Member • Posts: 69
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I just got a G85 and the PZ14-42 is pretty nice on it with EFC shutter,  It was good with GX-7 E-shutter too.

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Eric Nepean
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Find a stick abour 1cm in diameter and 60cm long.

With the stick, apply 3 or 4 good solid whacks to the back of your heead.

(I've never done this but I hear that you feel a real sense of relief when its over)

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kiwigirl
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FZ50 still works fine, so does TZ7.  Sold FZ20, GH3, GX1 and L1 - all still working perfectly when they left me.

Only camera that ever let me down began with "C....." but won't mention that name here lest I upset someone 

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