Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
...until you read about them on the internet. Here are some starters:
Tripod sockets ripping out when used to secure wrist straps
Taking your camera on the beach
Taking your camera out in the rain (given reasonable intelligence and care)
Carrying your camera under your coat because you are afraid it will steam up and (in the case of electronic cameras) be written off
Changing lenses except in a darkened clean-room (all right, a slight exaggeration)
Any more for any more?
I don't worry about taking my camera's out on the beach. I've been out there with Nikon DSLR's, Hasselblad's and Leica's.
OTOH, I've always been a little wary of rain, even more so with DSLR's. BTW, how well can the M9 handle rain?
This is the first I've heard about carrying a camera under ones jacket being a problem. OTOH, I only do this with my Leica M6 TTL and M9, should I worry about the M9?
I worry more about changing lenses on my Nikon DSLR and M9 than I ever have on a film body. OTOH, that happened as soon as I got a dirty sensor on the Nikon D70 (the first digital camera we had with changeable lenses).
The Internet definitely has made me worry about camera reliability, something I never gave any thought to previously. An extension of this, is I never felt the need for a backup body, though now I do.
It's worth remembering that things we never worried about can result in positive changes as well. For example...
It has also made me take into consideration the 'character' of lenses, something else I'd never given any thought to. However, I personally think this is a good thing. It's also why I sought out a very nice 50mm Summar, and why I bought a 1930's Rolleiflex.
It has made me aware that different formats are worthwhile, and brought me back to medium format after 25-30 years. Though my move to Large Format was thanks to the UK Magazine "Black & White" a few years ago, and an article they ran on salt prints.
It has made me aware of many aspects of photography that have allowed me to move from someone who took snapshots with a Nikon FM2, to someone that takes photographs (at times with that same FM2). I'm now aware of things such as DOF.
I never gave any thought to the film I used. I just used whatever Kodak film was the cheapest. Now I know the real reason why my digital photo's seemed so much better than what I used to get with my FM2 are due to the film I was using, and the places I used to get it developed.