Mechanical film cameras and reliability didn’t go hand in hand. They required a level of maintenance and service that boggles the mind.
Back then, it was routine. So were failures.
Practicality dictated that backups for every piece of equipment came along on every job. One always had to be ready to reach into the bag to swap out a failed camera body or lens.
I haven’t shot a frame of film since 2002 and my Hasselblad technician has long retired. I also haven’t experienced an equipment failure with any modern digital camera or lens.
I look forward to the day that this applies to the cars in my garage.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.