How beat up is your camera???

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  1. schumionbike

    schumionbike TPF Noob!

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    I just want to hear all the intersting stories out their about camera abuse!!! lol. Things like shutter actuation, drop test, water resistant test, age would be extremely relevant. Just a fun thread. I'll start

    Kodak Z710
    5000 actuation
    drop a couple times, nothing major (from like a couple feet)
    was in a storm once, I kept the camera under a jacket though, so didn't get drenched, just a couple drop.


    Nikon D40
    2000 actuation
    nothing other than that.

    Yeah, mine is pretty boring, anyone went to war with their cameras?
     
  2. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hmm, my old Canon new F-1 ...

    Dropped numerous times ... many dents in the metal casing ... I even dropped it right upside down on the prism head ... there is a nice dent there.
    I did actually use the camera to bang in a nail once (it was an emergency fix).

    Left out in a rain storm overnight sitting on my tripod (too much beer).
    I towel dried it ... electronic shutter would not fire ... so I took out the battery and continued shooting with the mechanical shutter. Later on I then took the bottom plate off and found some contacts had corroded. A little cleaning and I was back in action.
     
  3. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    None of my SLRs have obvious wear/damage on them, but I have an A520 that you wouldn't believe still works if you saw it.

    On second thought - the LCD on my 350D doesn't work (the camera has around 6500 actuations, LCD quit working around 3500). It's not cracked, it just stopped working one day. I'm too cheap to get it fixed. Who needs an LCD anyway?
     
  4. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Damn, I thought I was hard on my gear...
     
  5. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I find that anger management classes/sessions really help - beating up my camera just lead me to getting even softer shots ;)

    Honestly though I treat most of the things I have with as much care as I can so most manages to avoid any serious damage.
    Dropped my kit lens once though, right onto concrete - tested it right after and it still worked well (well as well as its ever worked ;))
     
  6. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I miss the days when they made the body entirely out of metal.

    The Canon EF makes a nice hammer also.
     
  7. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    see I don't - onehanded macro is hard enough without having a lump of metal in your hand as well ;)
    there are bonuses for a lighter body - when are we getting carbonfibre cameras?
     
  8. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nikon D200:

    - Dropped onto carpet off the tripod.
    - Dropped onto cement out of a SUV
    - Been swung and smacked full force into a cliff face during rock climbing.
    - Been dripped in the ocean
    - Been heated enough that the grips came lose and still are (probably ~60-70C)
    - Been frozen to lower than -40C, the point of complete mechanical failure.
    - Intermittent fault with the flash hotshoe when cooled below 0C
    - Intermittent battery fault when below 0C
    - Has sand in the CF card bay
    - Had it's LCD protector replaced 3 times.
    - Has a big scratch on the focusing screen.
    - Has plenty of dust in the viewfinder.
    - Has tiny woolen hairs in the mirror compartment due to a very rough emergency cleaning session on the sensor.
    - Still has a small smudge on the sensor visible at f/16
    - Lens mount is misaligned to the point where you can grab a lens and rotate it just enough that the electrical contacts short.

    Other than that the camera is in perfect condition :D Still works as well as it did the day I bought it and I think it had something like 60000 actuations on it. Thank god it's a full metal body.
     
  9. Phranquey

    Phranquey TPF Noob!

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    :confused: I've managed a few dings here & there, but...um....yeah....

    I saw your thread about the bad luck day....now I'm beginning to wonder.
     
  10. AlexColeman

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    I had CF tripod legs run over by a Ford F150 in the parking lot, luckily I was able to save the camera!
     
  11. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    How did the tripod fare?
     
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    I'm generally very nice to my equipment, except for one thing... I bushwhack a lot, which means branches, pine needles, brambles, and everything else you can imagine thwapping me and my gear directly in the front and sides. I've destroyed more than one UV filter this way -- but that's exactly what I use them for! -- generally the very cheap kind. The front faces of my camera are scratched up, but there are no problems otherwise. Kids, UV filters are worth it!
     

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