Thursday, 21 February 2008

Jinx

I'm not having great luck with cameras lately. I dropped my XA1 for the thirtieth time a few weeks ago and the cover blew away and I can't get it back in place. A mate gave me a replacement XA1 and last night the shutter simply stopped working. Last week I noticed that the Yashica Mat I've been using on weekends doesn't focus appropiately (I'll have to open it and check the mirror of the focusing lens). Plus my adored OM2 broke a couple of weeks ago, in slow agony. First, frame yes, frame not, the mirror wouldn't return. It doesn't read the batteries anymore so it's limited to B and 1/60. Right now, I have reverted to fully mechanical cameras without lightmeters (and an Olympus XA). Well, that's four cameras less in a month.

6 comments:

BennyBoy said...
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BennyBoy said...

My OM10 did exactly the same mirror trick - replacing the battery fixed it right away, and I used a cheapo battery that came on a sheet of 100 for a pound. One thing I did do was clean the battery contacts.

Good luck!

(sorry about the double post - couldn't get my openid to work doh!)

J. Karanka said...

@bennyboy: it's not due to exhausted batteries... I always carry a couple of packs with me... it's just that it stopped reading them whatsoever!

BennehBoy said...

Bummer, maybe you're like an anti Uri Geller, that's a lot of broken kit man - condolences!

Andrew (Photoniceye) said...

You see this is why you should always own the latest and greatest equipment. A brand new dSLR, the widest possible zoom range lens you can find.... I keed I keed. I'm glad I actually stopped hanging out on photography sites with that kind of philosophy.

Condolances about your equipment man.... I know that if I picked up my Nikon FE and it didn't work I'd be very depressed. The coin sized batteries for my FE died a month or two back. I'm getting scared cause when I tried to find a set this time it took two weeks of looking around town to find a set.... Then I'll be stuck with M90 and bulb mode....

Waxy said...

The answer is always to buy more cameras. And while you're at it, buy me some too! :D

Did you see the crazy warranty offer by Leica recently for the M*=8?? I know the investment is still huge, but damn, the customer service is sweet. I gotta get me one of those.....