Leica M240 reliability problems surface
The Leica M240 I bought at the end of March has not been the most reliable of cameras. Apart from having had to go back to Germany for its strap lugs to be checked (which was a sensible recall rather than a reliability issue), it has been plagued by frequent lockups where the camera just stops working. Sometimes toggling the on/off switch does the trick but more often than not the battery has to be removed. I have tried all manner of SD cards to eliminate the possibility of incompatibility. I have been solidering on, hoping that a firmware update would solve the problem. But no such salvation has appeared.
Today I was out photographing the new blue Hahn/Cock statue in Trafalgar Square when I had no fewer than four lockups in quick succession. Whether it is a file-writing glitch or a physical shutter malfunction I am not sure. But it is seriously annoying. As a result, I went straight over to my Leica dealer and deposited the M for return to base. It will now go back to Solms and, summer holidays permitting, I should have it back next month.
This is unsatisfactory in any camera, never mind one costing as much as a small car. I am not the only victim, it seems. Digilloyd reports on the lockup problem among other issues. And here again catalogues unreliability. In fairness, other users have reported absolutely no issues with the M Typ 240. All I know is that I have reached the end of my tether. Good that I have the reliable and very satisfying M Monochrom (based on the old M9) to see me through the rest of the summer. It will be a black and white world from now on.
UPDATE: My camera arrived back from Germany after three weeks. The shutter mechanism had been adjusted and the camera cleaned, calibrated and checked over. Since then I have had no further problems with the lock-up problem and am beginning to enjoy the M as it was intended.