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D-LUX 109 - 'Dead' ? camera


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Hi

 

Owned a D-Lux 109 for 3 years - the best camera I have ever had.

 

Recently on holiday in Swiss Alps took camera out of Manfrotto soft camera  belt pouch to find camera dead.

Noticed that the on/off switch was in the 'on' position. Camera tried to work but then gave up. Assumed camera had inadvertently been caught and switched on in the case, with the lens trying to open but failing.

 

Had visions of no camera for the holiday, and a costly repair.

 

Took out battery and  after 5 minutes replaced with fully charged backup battery.  

Camera eventually operated the lense, and functioned normally.

This happened twice and I decided to find a solution, realising I had inadvertently caught the on/off switch when changing  trains, chair lifts and cable cars etc.

 

Solution 1

 

On returning home, using a 22mm cap from a Boot's Travel screw Bottle 60ml I 'carved' a cap to press on the top of shutter speed dial and retard the on/off switch.

 

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Cost £1.20 !

 

Concerned that the tight fit of the 'cap' might damage the shutter speed dial I found an alternative:-

 

 

 

Solution 2  

 

Using a plastic covered paper clip ( no expense spared !) I fashioned this clip to fit :-

 

 

 

Simple to fashion with little or no stress on any dials - and easily replaced !

 

Cost zilch, with plenty of spares !

 

 

I have tried both solutions in the Manfrotto case and so far each solution has, to date, worked and kept the camera in the 'Off" position.

 

Hope this is of some use to fellow owners.

 

Thanks to everyone on the forum for advice and help in the past.

 

All the very best, 

 

David

 

 

 

 

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Good solution!

 

Mine dies, but a different death

If I shoot, then try to review the picture, I see what I have just taken and the whole unit freezes. I can do absolutely nothing with it - no buttons work - unless I drop the battery out.

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Good solution!

 

Mine dies, but a different death

If I shoot, then try to review the picture, I see what I have just taken and the whole unit freezes. I can do absolutely nothing with it - no buttons work - unless I drop the battery out.

 

Hi,

 

Sorry to hear you are having problems. 

 

Could it be a faulty battery and/or dirty contacts ?

 

Good luck with the camera.

 

Regards, 

 

David

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Well done! I take my 109 when skiing and fortunately have not had this problem. But I’ll remember this solution if I do. Thanks for posting.

 

Amy

Hi Amy, 

 

Regards for once from a hot and sunny England !

 

On a long weekend in London I used the paper clip safety . Worked a treat.

 

When I  visited the snow slopes on Mittallalin near Saas Fee, earlier in July I would have loved to ski  or even walk across the lovely snow on crampons

Seeing the snow on the slopes was the only time I felt I would rather be 27 than my 72 years - Happy memories and happy days.

 

Have fun and good luck with the camera and skiing,

 

Regards,

 

David

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Good solution!

 

Mine dies, but a different death

If I shoot, then try to review the picture, I see what I have just taken and the whole unit freezes. I can do absolutely nothing with it - no buttons work - unless I drop the battery out.

Leica Mayfair have changed my pcb. Camera fixed

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Am 26.7.2018 um 19:19 schrieb Toshack10:

Good solution!

 

Mine dies, but a different death

If I shoot, then try to review the picture, I see what I have just taken and the whole unit freezes. I can do absolutely nothing with it - no buttons work - unless I drop the battery out.

I have the same problem. Did you have any chance to fix it?

 

please also see:

 

 

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