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Jagadeesh Andrew Owens
 

A Miracle (or testament to Nikon's durability!)


Just wanted to let you all know - I was leaving my house yesterday and got out on the carport - and disaster happened - My D70s hit the concrete!! I immediately threw up (because it made me so sick) - I have one of those Tamrac bags where you keep your stuff in the top and the camera and lenses in the bottom, and I'd forgotten to zip it. I threw up again when I realized my Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro lens (my favorite) was on the camera. Well, long story short, my camera was dazed for about half an hour, and then good as new (which it is - I've only had it since the first of this month) and the lens has only 2 little marks on the edge of it (which I'll leave there and call "character"). So, if you've ever been tempted to drop your Nikon digital DSLR - don't - because I've already done it for you and it is as sturdy as a mule! Great engineering, Nikon!


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4/25/2006 1:33:42 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I can attest to the durability of Nikon cameras and lenses.
I once had a Nikon FM2 with a 180 mm Nikkor tumble end-over-end down a 50' rocky hillside and land in a stream.
The camera body suffered minimal damage. The lens survived the ordeal when the built in lens shade extended and bent over the lens cap... thus protecting the glass.

Both are still in use today.
(...but the lens shade is toast.)


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4/25/2006 4:45:23 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
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  Yeah, you can hammer in railroad ties with the FM2 and a sturdy nail with my old F4, but the newer cameras are a different story. The D100 is much lighter, therefore almost no metal involved. I'd say Andrew's right about the miracle since I assume the D70 has roughly the same body composition.

And thanks, Andrew, for dropping the camera for us!


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4/25/2006 5:15:04 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Yeah, but can you pound fence posts in with it like I can with my Nikon F-2s (that's with motor drives. ;>)

So Andrew, I'm glad to hear both you and your equipment survived this ordeal, but if I may, here's a suggestion: Just in case the body or the lens are suffering from post-concussion syndrome, it'd probably be a good idea to drop the dime and get a shop to check them both out completely. Sometimes equipment can fool ya into thinking it's fine but fails at the moment when you need it the most. Nikon installs sensors for that. I think they detect perspiration on the hands.

Just a thought.
Mark


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4/25/2006 7:52:13 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Yeah, but can you pound fence posts in with it like I can with my Nikon F-2s (that's with motor drives. ;>)

So Andrew, I'm glad to hear both you and your equipment survived this ordeal, but if I may, here's a suggestion: Just in case the body or the lens are suffering from post-concussion syndrome, it'd probably be a good idea to drop the dime and get a shop to check them both out completely. Sometimes equipment can fool ya into thinking it's fine but fails at the moment when you need it the most. Nikon installs sensors for that. I think they detect perspiration on the hands.

Oh, and if you do, "drop us a line" with the test results.

Just a thought. Take it light.
Mark


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4/25/2006 7:54:15 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Yep, I have a friend who called me sick!!
she was on a Pet shoot and working with one client, when a women came in letting her hyper pooch run in with the leash dragging.
Bec, was away form her camera with her subject, around the tripod the dog and leash went and down came her camera.
Glass on the floor she was sure it was broken,
But No, niether the Camera nor her lens-just the UV Haze she kept on there for protection!
Gotta Love Nikon!


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4/26/2006 6:41:02 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  "Yep, I have a friend who called me sick!!"

Aaah yes Debby. But we knew that. (:>)))
(Just couldn't resist).
M


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4/26/2006 3:56:38 PM

 

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  Hey Mark;

Debby's not sick. She goes way beyond that LOL.
MH


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4/30/2006 8:36:46 PM

 
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