Thirty-plus years of steady (and often times heavy) use and not one of my four MD2 drives has experienced "gear failure." Either I have been unusually lucky or the issue has been overblown...
I use my F2 all the time.
Bradley, what serial range are we talking about? Only well-used late model drives develop the problem. The one I had was in the 446xxx range.
Wouldn't leave home without the F2 Titan. And the F3 Titan!
Yes indeed, about 85% of the time. MD2 motor-drive needs new gears from Sover, I wore it out, ha!
I do like following threads where people extol the reliability and build quality of their equipment. I like hefty, well constructed and (sometimes) well-crafted and tactile cameras. But reading through this thread from the first post on just highlighted the clichés used like cheap currency. "Built like a tank" - please, stop saying that. Is it a good thing? Heavy, unwieldy... just over-used phrase and not at all meaningful any more. And "hammer nails with it" - really? Has anyone tried it? Don't think any camera will stand up that. And it is also a boring, banal statement. "It's a weapon" - yes, in as much as any moderately heavy object can be. So what. Your camera is heavy. Big deal.
Like this thread though - nice info and love for a good camera.