Just three months after its warranty expired, my *ist-DS after 5,500\nshots has gotten very flakey. The "e-dial" thumbwheel on the camera\nback, so important in making adjustments, has become extremely\nunreliable... skipping settings, etc. Cameras have become too reliant on\nlittle electric switches... we've all had cheap radios whose rotary\nvolume control becomes noisy and "scratchy." Sometimes a squirt of\ncontact cleaner solves the problem, but I wouldn't try that on an\nexpensive DSLR.\n\nTo add to my misery, two recent autofocus lens purchases (the FA 50mm 1.4\nprime and a DA 16~45mm zoom) are often not focusing where I tell them to.\nProblem must be a drifting auto-focus sensor. I did a portrait shoot with\nthe FA 1.4 on autofocus today, with barely usable results. As a check, I\nran some tests with my M-mount 50mm 1.7 wide open... focus was exactly on\ntarget.\n\nFragile, faulty electronics makes one miss the old days when fully-manual\ncameras needed no battery, and the only electrical contact was the flash\njack. A time when a camera's reliable life could be measured in decades.\nNo, I'm not longing to get back into the darkroom, just wish these new\ngadgets were more robust.