Obsolescence has comes in various forms. Regarding cameras obsolescence can \nbe one of functionality and tecnnological changes that beg the photographer \nto consider their camera no longer useful. Another form is that of the \nparent company's lack of parts or willingness to repair the camera.\n\nI just experienced the latter.\n\nAs an owner of mechanical watches (preference) I know that every few years I \nhave to shell out hundreds of dollars for cleaning of a timepiece that is \nless accurate than quartz.\n\nMy choice.....I like the mechanics.\n\nI still Have my Canon F1 and the family of FD lenses that occasionally need \nrepair after 25 years of ownership.\n\nMy choice.\n\nI bought the Canon powershot G1 and enjoyed the instant gratification of \ndigital views and was contemplating purchasing a top-of-the-line Nikon but I \nworry. I worry since the last time I sent my canon powershot in for repair I \nreceived a letter stating that this camera could no longer be repaired.\n\nThat means that the real lifespan of that consumer grade camera was three \nyears or so. Well, computers do the same thing so should that be a big \ndeal.....probably not.\n\nWhat happens though with the more expensive cameras such as the Nikon D2X; \nwill it last longer and will they continue to repair this wonderful piece of \ntechnology for a few years? Longer?\n\nWish I could tell the future before emptying my wallet.