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    Survivor cameras

    I think it's interesting to note what compact cameras did (and didn't) survive over the years. Treating cameras like tools (you know, a crowbar?), here's my experience:

    Ricoh GR1:
    No survivor. Power button too easily activated when packed, resulting in a broken lens mechanism. This happened more than once; I broke two of them. The LCD on the second one quit.

    Canon S45:
    Survivor? Not sure. I still have it, but never quite liked it so it didn't get much use. In all honesty, it did survive Chile.

    Sony DSC-W1:
    Survivor! Followed me everywhere over a year in Australia - bull dust, canyon descents, accidental creek dips, ocean cliffs in storms, South Sea waves, hundreds of hours out in the dunes. And about a million or so road ruts. Still works like a charm (although image quality was never stellar).
    What makes this camera take a beating or five is that it's no typical Japanese miniaturization engineering masterpiece. As far as compacts go, it's outright clumsy. AA batteries, gigantic Memorystick cards, deeply recessed LCD, reeeally thick body all covered in aluminum. It bounces well on granite, tested more than once .

    Canon G9:
    Don't really know - pampered it, sold it after two months. Just not the compact I wanted.

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    Re: Survivor cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    I think it's interesting to note what compact cameras did (and didn't) survive over the years. Treating cameras like tools (you know, a crowbar?), here's my experience:

    Ricoh GR1:
    No survivor. Power button too easily activated when packed, resulting in a broken lens mechanism. This happened more than once; I broke two of them. The LCD on the second one quit.

    Lars
    Can't comment on the others. But I've treated mine quite rough, and it's fine so far. One solution to the button problem is to get the ricoh leather bag.

    My old nikon coolpix 5000 went through some amazingly rough times, and always came out on top. It still works, but I don't really use it any more.

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    Hi,

    My D-Lux 2 has taken a lot of use and travel all in its stride. A well made camera.

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    Re: Survivor cameras

    Hi

    Contax T2:
    No survivor, took great images, loved the build Q, still worked when I sold it. It was worth too much and was sold to finance something else - regret selling it.

    Nikon AF600
    No survivor, cheap but good build, fixed 28mm lens was good performer. I still can't explain why I sold it, again it still worked when sold.

    Contax T3
    Survivor, still have it, even bought a spare. A jem, high yield rate for me from this camera. Best film compact made IMHO, someone send me a free GR1v to prove me wrong ;-)

    Leica CM
    No survivor, probably slightly better IQ than the Contax, but for me the Contax T3 wins in every other way for me.

    Pentax Digital 330
    No survivor, used it for a while, but sold it when I found it ate batteries. One charge would yield about 30 frames as I recall - things certainly have improved.

    Olympus C5050
    No survivor, sold when the D80 arrived. Good solid build, bright lens, but too slow.

    GRD II
    Survivor, I doubt I'll be parting with this one.

    Canon G9
    Survivor - so far, wife's camera, she seems to like it. I suspect she will use it till it breaks.

    I might recall some more later

    Tim
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    Leica Digilux 1 and Sony DSC-V1: survivors.

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    Nikon Coolpix 5000 has been with me since it was new and still works fine (although slow). I broke my GR-D1 once, and it has been reliable since then.
    A GX-100 is serving my kids well, and seems to take abuse. GR-D2 looks like it will be a survivor.

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    Re: Survivor cameras

    Nikon 990. My first digital camera, 3+ MP but very nice nonetheless. The swiveling LCD panel and viewfinder make it very handy and easy to use in some situations that would be awkward for other cameras (i.e., hold the camera above your head and shoot behind you and actually be able to see what you're shooting!). Strange things are flashing on the menu screens, but it still works.

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    Survivor: Canon S40 - built like a brick outhouse, clean pix that you could print to A3 size but had awful shutter lag.

    Time Will Tell: Ricoh GRD2 - depends on the advances in sensors over the next couple of years

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    My Konica Hexar AF is my Survivor camera.
    Had it for years, only film camera I ever use at all.

    Ricoh GRD; the camera I use most over any of them; a definite Survivor

    My Fuji Finepix S6000fd, bought as an interim while Pentax was being repaired and the Fuji was on discontinuance sale at Wolf Camera, has proved a surprisingly capable and effective camera, at lo ISO and prints up to 8X10 it matches the IQ of the also-6mp K100d!
    Definite Survivor; I bought a bunch of fast, 2gb type H XD cards for it.

    Pentax K100d, lovely camera,uses all my old Super Takumars with modern IS.
    Sadly hot pixels(now fixed) and an UnHoly attraction to dust on sensor is not helping its prospects

    Nikon Coolpix S6, bleah!

    Fuji Finepix F31fd, stealthy fast and great at hi ISO, too few image controls, gave that one away

    Fuji Finepix S5200, wondferful 38-380mm efl lens, excellent sensor; Survivor

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    My minox b is perfection,will never sell it.When my scanner eventually arrives a minox neg will be first in.

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    Sony DSC - V1 I used it for years just before selling it yesterday to fund GRD

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    Nikon D70: shutter died after about 40,000 shots. Mind you, it wasn't exactly babied.

    Pentax DS: survivor. Found out a few months ago that the AF motor was dead. I'd not noticed because I use it exclusively with old MF lenses.

    Pentax K10D: survivor. It's been drenched in pouring rain numerous times, dropped more than once, has a cracked bottom plate, but it's still working fine. On the other hand, the only thing stopping me replacing it with a Nikon D700 is (a lot of) money

    Ricoh GR-D II: survivor (so far). Gets a lot of use - the paint has worn away on the corners Still going though, and I intend to keep it for many years unless something with the same level of speed and control comes out with better enough image quality to make upgrading worth it. The new m4/3 cameras might be contenders, we'll have to see. Ideally Ricoh will make a GRD2-like camera based on m4/3, that'd be awesome.

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    Re: Survivor cameras

    Leica M3. Still going strong after over 50 years

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    I forgot one. M2, bought used, which I haven't owned as quite as long as Woody's M3. CLA'd it this year, but it has seen pretty much continuous use since around 1970. Not funky enough to compete in the "survivor camera" fest now taking place on TOP.

    scott

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    Nikon coolpix 950. Survived nearly 10 years...

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