A couple of reasons: first, I’m waiting for the GR III (though it’s getting a bit tiring already), and second, I fear that I might lose it the way I lost the original GR—it died on me for no apparent rhyme or reason.
It didn’t die the way you might think it did. It started with the lens opening only after I fired a shot upon switching it on. Then after a while, the lens refused to open at all.
Up till this day, it still has some signs of life. The charging light indicator still comes on when I hook it up to the charger, and it does show some response when I switch it on; only that the lens remains closed and pressing the shutter elicits no response. I guess, it’s not totally dead but rather, in a permanent, irreparable coma.
I’ve had experiences losing a camera this way, like the way I had for the original RX100, which I bought before the GR. I lost another camera back in February this year. It was a Sony RX100 MIII (bought as a replacement for the dead GR) though the circumstances were different–I lost it in a rafting mishap. It was painful losing the RX100 MIII, more than the bruises I experienced during the mishap; but none of these equal to the pain of losing the GR.
I’ve gotten over losing the RX100 MIII now. I can’t say the same for the GR. It’s like the GR was made for me. It’s like the camera’s designers had been telepathic and known exactly how I wanted the GR to be.
That’s why I am apprehensive about getting myself the GR II. The camera is so good (I’m sure it is, judging from my experience with its
predeceasor predecessor) that I can’t bear the thought of losing it should it go down the same path as the GR.
And there was also the issue of dusts before it died. Like some GR owners, I was among the unlucky ones. I saw dust spots about a year the GR came to my possession.
About the dust thing, someone with a good hand, and good precision tools (and plenty of patience and time to spare to be systematic) should be able to disassemble the GR, wipe the sensor clean and put all the parts back to its original condition.
This is what I did to the GR. I was able to tear it down, examine the sensor, spot the dusts (no pun intended) and I should be able to clean it had it not for the realisation about the futility of such exercise given the condition of the camera. And I was also able to put it back to its original condition—in its comatose state.
Here’s a disclaimer though: my teardown story is in no way an encouragement for you to do the same to your working GR. My successful attempt at this could’ve been driven by the fact that I had nothing more to lose in tearing my GR down.
The pictures you see here (taken with a Huawei Mate 10 Pro) are the results of this effort. I didn’t record the whole attempt (it was not my intention then to write about it), suffice to say it is possible, with the help of a step-by-step guide available online. (I could’ve stopped after I reached to the sensor but I went on and disassembled the lens as well. You don’t have to tear down the lens if all you want to do is to clean the sensor).
Now, back to the question of why I haven’t yet bought the GR II, the truth is, I’m rooting for the day the III finally comes into being. I may not be able to hold on for long especially if the price of the II goes down a bit more, nearer to a spot I can call sweet.