Evris Papanikolas is best known to us for this successful range of TieHerUp camera straps. He’s also a keen photographer and he came upon the idea of straps quite by coincidence. He had gone to a local craft shop in Athens to get a leather dog lead made up. Instead he came away with a prototype camera strap. TieHerUp has taken off in a big way with endorsement from such luminaries as Thorsten von Overgaard and stocked by leading camera retailers such as Red Dot Cameras in London.
This is by way of a preamble to a mini disaster that has overtaken Evris and his Leica Monochrom. We all have a sneaking worry that one of these days our strap will let us down and the camera will go clattering to the pavement. In Evris’s case, though, the strap held up. It was the Monochrome’s lug that unexpectedly sheared off as you can see from the above picture.
I’ve not heard of this phenomenon before and I would be interested to know if it has happened to any other M240 owners. I remember that in the early days of the M240 there was a recall based on a loose-lug problem. I sent mine back to Wetzlar at the time and it came back looking exactly the same but with, presumably, beefed-up lugs. But Evris’s M246 is a later model and I would have expected any teething troubles to have been ironed out. [Note: When writing this I assumed it was a 246 but Evris now tells me that it is the original Monochrom, which explains why it is outside warranty].
The sad news is that the camera is out of warranty and Leica has asked €850 to repair the lug. Evris feels that a major rupture of this nature should have been covered, even outside the warranty period. I cannot say I disagree. What do you think?
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