Digital rot meets mechanical decay
We are used to hearing about the perils of digital rot as camera manufacturers issue a barrage of new and improved models every year. On the other hand, it is traditional wisdom that film cameras, which are relatively simple mechanical devices, will go on for ever. This is the case (so far) with Leica cameras where the factory in Wetzlar will happily tackle repairs for almost any camera made since 1930.
But this is not always the case with other makes. Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter gives us the sad news that several models from Japanese manufacturers will no longer be supported. He highlights the Ricoh GR1 and GR1s which will not be accepted for repair. And parts are limited for the GrV1 so only certain repairs can be carried out. Konica has withdrawn support for the Hexar AF cameras and can offer only limited support for the RF models. Kyocera (Contax) can no longer repair the T2 because of a lack of parts and only limited supplies of parts are available for the T3.
This is sad and can only impact on second-hand prices as more and more owners find their cameras cannot be repaired. We have been used to seeing a steady but gradual appreciation in the price of film cameras but this phase could be about to end.