Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Behind which he stood with his camera

I commuted by bicycle today. It was a rainy day and the bicycle (and my clothes) got quite muddy. There is a lot dirt, sand and gravel left on the roads, and some spots are still covered with ice.

On my usual route there is a 300-400 meters long stretch with plenty of snow and ice, but today I circled around this part because I no longer have the studded winter tires. However, even though this route is longer than usual, it took only 47 minutes to get to work and 48 minutes back home. This is 10-15 minutes faster than with the winter tires. And it was easy to ride the bicycle. The winter tires were so much heavier that the change back to normal tires felt good.

I have been thinking about what to do with my Panasonic LX5 in which the click wheel is stuck, preventing me from changing aperture or exposure compensation. So far I have coped, but it is not easy as the aperture is stuck at f/2.0 and now there starts to be days when overexposure becomes a problem. I could switch to program mode, but that wouldn't be natural to me.

Peter R. provided a hint, pointing to a Dpreview thread discussing LX5 click wheel problem.

The suggested remedy is using Radio Shack "Control/Contact Cleaner and Lubricant". But maybe this fix really isn't a fix, more a case of the dirt being moved around inside the camera so that the click wheel temporarily starts working again. And this might break the camera as well. Also, I don't know what would be the corresponding product to buy here in Finland if I would like to try this out.

Also, somewhat related, Cedric has now solved his problem with a broken camera.

(Posting title is from the poem The Vacation by Wendell Berry.)


Cedric Canard said...

Good luck with your camera Juha. Have you considered taking it to a professional repair place. Though if it's anything like in Australia those places often charge a non-returnable fee which is so high that unless the camera is worth more than $1000 it is usually not worth it.

Juha Haataja said...

Cedric, the cost here would also be quite high. And this is not the only problem, also the aspect ratio switch is occasionally acting up. And I have taken only 126,000 photographs with the LX5 so far, the LX3 lasted much longer...