Canon's latest offering and its cheap plastic feel

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by RichA, Apr 15, 2011.

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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Apr 15, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    Well, in fairness, their last bottom offering was pretty much the
    RichA, Apr 16, 2011
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    Rich Guest

    Honestly, if I had felt the need to buy at that level, I would have
    chosen something else when it was released, like Nikon's D60,
    Olympus's E-520 or Pentax's KM. This was the camera that preceded it,
    the D1000. I picked one up and it was just the most plasticy-feeling
    camera I'd seen outside of a low-end P&S.
    Rich, Apr 16, 2011
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    Bruce Guest

    Rich obviously hasn't yet held one of the new models in his hands,
    because it certainly is not "much the same" as the previous
    entry-level Canon DSLR.

    The previous model used a sturdy, textured high density resin material
    for the body. This one uses a cheap, smooth surfaced, low density
    plastic which feels both slippery and insubstantial.

    It's absolutely *hideous*.

    Bruce, Apr 16, 2011
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    Rich Guest

    You mean it's worse!!? Oh my God! A friend of mine made a transition
    from a D50 to a D80 then to a D300. Now he's shifted to the
    mirrorless stuff. But, when he was testing out lenses for the D80, he
    was positive the intermittent focus issues that occured with the heavy
    17-55mm lens were due to it physically flexing the plastic body of the
    D80. Other, smaller lenses showed no problems and the 17-55mm
    demonstrated no focus issues on the D300. Now, the D80 was about as
    robust a plastic camera as you could have, except for the fact its
    body was large and large expanses of plastic are correspondingly
    weaker, e.g., a 4"x4" piece of 1/4" plexiglass won't flex, but a
    24"x24" piece will. Which is why I hope the trend in plastic bodies
    (and it does seem to be holding up) is to make them smaller. At least
    this way, they will have smaller dimension body panels and won't be as
    susceptable to plastic's inherent weakness.
    Rich, Apr 16, 2011
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    Bruce Guest

    I apologise to you (and others here) for feeding your paranoia.
    Although you weren't to know - because you hadn't touched the camera
    you were "reviewing" - your dislike was fully justified.

    I thought the D80 had a metal chassis with the lens mount directly
    connected to it. If that is the case, any flexibility is more likely
    to have been in the lens itself.

    As far as I am aware, the last Nikon SLRs with lens mounts that were
    attached to the camera's plastic body rather than directly to the
    metal chassis were the 1980s F301 (US: N2000) and F501 (US: N2020).
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2011
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