Plastic that acts like metal

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Nomen Nescio, Mar 11, 2010.

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    Nomen Nescio, Mar 12, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Because often you need something stronger.
    Or lighter.
    Or cheaper.
     
    Ray Fischer, Mar 12, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Which you should appreciate given the cheap camera that you bought.
     
    Ray Fischer, Mar 13, 2010
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    J. Caldwell Guest

    It's not that simple. I have an excellent super-zoom P&S camera with a
    titanium outer shell. It's survived things that no plastic-shelled camera
    would (as well as it having taken images that no other camera could have
    taken, all things considered--environment, subject, camera features, etc.).
    There's one documented report of a jeep running over one of these cameras,
    the tire full-on to the body and lens. The only thing that happened was a
    small crack by a mounting screw hole. Had these been made with a different
    type of metal shell it would have been badly deformed and/or cracked all
    over. Had these been made with plastic over a metal shell the same would
    hold true, especially if temperatures were low enough to make the plastics
    more brittle.

    It's a matter of environment, design and materials, not just materials.
    Being an avid nature photographer I would never buy the kind of camera that
    someone in a studio would need and tolerate using. It wouldn't last even
    one week under the conditions that I have used most cameras. Conversely
    they would think that my camera choice would be just as poor as I think
    their choice to be. Or you could buy a Leica M8, mount it on a tripod with
    a hefty lens and have its nice sturdy metal plate on the bottom snap off
    and send your $5000 lens smashing into the sidewalk or cement studio-floor.
    Caused by no extra stress nor abuse to the camera at all. Merely mounting
    it to a tripod with a larger lens is cause enough. A known issue with these
    cameras due to very poor base-plate design. Metal + poor design can be just
    as bad as plastic + poor design. Conversely, plastic + good design can be
    just as good as metal + good design, when used in the environmental
    conditions for which they were intended. It'll never be an either/or
    situation.
     
    J. Caldwell, Mar 13, 2010
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : On Mar 11, 10:40 pm, (Ray Fischer) wrote:
    : > > "Nomen Nescio" <>
    : > >>http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/researchers-get-plastic-t...
    : >
    : > >Conducting heat will have some uses, but being as STRONG as metal
    : > >isn't in the cards, is it?
    : >
    : > Because often you need something stronger.
    : > Or lighter.
    : > Or cheaper.
    :
    : Bingo! Your third answer is the one!!!

    This from a man who's recently been conducting a one-man crusade against the
    price of high-end cameras.

    What's wrong with trying to use the cheapest materials that will do the job?
    That's why they make boats, airplanes, and sometimes automobile bodies, out of
    plastic.

    But you know all this, don't you? If you didn't, you'd at least pretend that
    you did. Most of the people in the photography groups appear to be college
    graduates who work in (or are retired from careers in) fairly technical
    fields. You wouldn't embarrass yourself in front of us if you could halp it.
    What, exactly, are you trying to prove?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Mar 13, 2010
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    J. Caldwell Guest

    This happened when using lenses that didn't even have a tripod mount
    thread. I suggest you study up on these things before you reply.
     
    J. Caldwell, Mar 13, 2010
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    dj_nme Guest

    Not with the lenses that the fault has been reported from.
    Have a look at the LUG website forum: the M8 baseplate seems to be not
    designed to take the load of an M8 body mounted on a tripod in portrait
    orientation.
    http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/leica-m8-forum/25121-base-plate-failure.html
    http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/leica-m8-forum/72207-base-plate-body-failure.html
     
    dj_nme, Mar 14, 2010
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