Some very fine cameras came with a "lifetime guarantee" 1949 advertisement But how long a warranty is this? "Life of product" seems a slippery concept. I'm betting that if you could track down "WestView Capital Partners," who Wikipedia lists as a recent 'owner', you'd have a hard time convincing them that they should repair your Foton. So even big companies who offer a lifetime, are a little, well, "funny". Imagine trying to get that "lifetime supply" of "free film" for your $5 Tynar 16 from Astra Photo Products 1951 Have you ever 'collected' on a long-term warranty? I do remember getting watches fixed multiple times by TIMEX when I was in grade school, though.