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    Posted: 31 March 2020 at 17:57
Checking through auction's and used A6500's, to find that the top plate dials show excessive letter and symbol wear. Some at shutter counts as low as 10,000. Is this normal or a faulty batch that's been corrected? Checked on dpreview and noticed issues there.

I checked my much used A77ii and it shows no wear at all.I notice on my camera that the dials have an embossed type lettering, but the non raised lettering on the body is also, as new. Checked my A350 that I purchased new around 2008/9. This has really been round the block, but again no wear whatsoever. Similarly my film cameras are ok.
Is this the same for all apsc e mount series or is it only beginning to show on the A6500? Sorry if this has been reviewed elsewhere before, but I would probably not purchase if I thought that the wear factor was significant.
 



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The A77m2 has a different kind of dial, not comparable. Your film cameras depends on the camera.

I found an example of an A6500 with the issue you describe. It seems the dial just has painted on settings and they just wear. It has to do with the way people used the dial. If they used the side, there would be no problem, but these people probably turned the dial from the top.
The dial is just like my A6000 and that one is just fine. No wear at all.

Just buy one without the wear if you do not like it.
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I used the illustrations of my A77ii and film cameras to question whether the earlier models were more durable, as they obviously do not wear over time. So why change to a less durable product and leave the testing to consumers? Why didn't they lab test the newer model?
I'm not sure now that I would buy one without letter wear, as you suggest, only to find that it wore off after minimal use. Are you saying that there's only one way to use this dial and that others are using it not in the way intended? Genuinely just asking, as I don't want to waste money on a camera that will not stand up to normal use and the test of time.
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My used A77II mode dial has more wear than my used A6000 mode dial. The wear on the A77II one is mostly around the custom numbers. The previous owner probably kept the camera in auto. The A77II seems to use a molded plastic insert with silver paint on the raised symbols.

I do prefer the rubberized control surfaces of the A77II compared to the plastic controls on the A7 models. I assume no one tries using A6x00 cameras before purchasing.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2020 at 20:39
Originally posted by Oltamin Oltamin wrote:

I used the illustrations of my A77ii and film cameras to question whether the earlier models were more durable, as they obviously do not wear over time. So why change to a less durable product and leave the testing to consumers? Why didn't they lab test the newer model?
It is cheaper to produce and only people who use it in a certain will have the problem. Most are just fine.

And this kind of dial is not new:
My A100 has an A6000/A6500 style dial and it is just fine.
My Dynax 5 (a.k.a. Maxxum 5) has A6000/A6500 style lettering on the dial - just fine.

And 10.000 shutter counts tells you nothing about how often they turned the dial.

I'm not sure now that I would buy one without letter wear, as you suggest, only to find that it wore off after minimal use.
Do not worry so much. If your present cameras are fine, so will this one.

Are you saying that there's only one way to use this dial and that others are using it not in the way intended?
What I am saying is that some ways of using any product will result in more wear than other ways of using a product.

Genuinely just asking, as I don't want to waste money on a camera that will not stand up to normal use and the test of time.
My A6000 is fine, most used ones I see are fine. Same goes for the A6500. It perfectly stands up to normal use IMHO.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2020 at 21:58
I've had my a6500 since Jan 2017, shows no wear at all. I haven't bothered doing the shutter count thing but I think the folks here at Dyxum can attest I use it quite a lot. Same goes for my a6000 which I've had since 2015 but haven't used much since I bought the a6500. No wear at all on either camera
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