Own a Leica X1 or X2? If so, you have probably experienced the dreaded battery clip exodus. The little plastic retaining catch is notoriously brittle and springs out at the most inconvenient times. I call it the clip clop
Twice, the plastic clip has sheared off on my X1. And it has just happened on the X2 which I have had to send back to Leica for repair.
John Shingleton in Australia, known to Macfilos readers as Mr X1, has experienced this on at least two occasions. In one instance he was about to pack the X1 for a distant vacation when out popped the clip. He took another camera instead, but it was near miss. If the clip had clopped a day later he would have been left high and dry in a photogenic location without a camera to his name. That, as you know, is exquisite pain for a keen photographer.
What I find most frustrating is that this mechanism is nothing special. It isn’t beyond the wit of man (and of Leica) to get it right. Such a plastic clip is standard fare on almost all cameras with bottom battery access. Click in the battery and the spring-loaded clip keeps it in place. So what’s up with the Leica X1 and X2 version? I think it happens also with the X-Vario, but I haven’t had reports of it being a problem with other Leica cameras.
We can only presume the original clip was too brittle and they keep replacing faulty ones with faulty ones. It’s probably not worth the effort of making a special order for a more substantial piece of plastic.
For the moment, it looks like Leica has stocks of these little clips. But at the rate they fail, I can envisage a time when they run out. And that would be sad because the X1 and X2 are great little cameras, despite having been designed in the naughties.
Have you experienced the Battery Clip Clop? And did it leave you in straightened circumstances? Let us know your experiences, just in case John and I are plain unlucky…