I've recently purchased a D5000 and I'm loving it. Recently, I took the family for a 5 day holiday in New York City and we really enjoyed it.
While we were there I made a point to get to B&H Photo after our Empire State Building tour and pick up a couple of items. I bought a Tamrac Evolution 8 backpack and it is perfect for my needs.
Back at the hotel I happily transfered all my gear to my new backpack until everything was configured exactly how I wanted it. I made a final check of everything (my family thinks I'm obsessed) and announced "TADDDAAAA" as I flung my newly loaded backpack over my shoulder.
I immediately heard a loud thunk behind me and turned to see my new camera bounce off the wall behind me and hit the floor. I had somehow forgotten to zip up the camera access of the backpack.
You can imagine my reaction, I checked the camera out and everything seemed to be working fine.
My questions are: 1) Can Nikon determine that the camera has been dropped if it ever has to go in for warranty work? 2) Do you think the longevity of my camera has been jeopordized by my careless, foolish action?
I look forward to hearing from anyone with real experience share their thoughts.
#1. "RE: DSLR Horror Story" In response to Reply # 0
Rancho Cordova, US
You know you aren't the only one to have DOH! moment...I have had many.
I have dropped my N70 onto the concrete pavement with some minor cosmetic scratches. Other than that it was fine...but that was with a film camera.
Obviously, today's DSLRs are chocked full of electronics that probably don't like shocks too much. Having said that, run through your camera, test the metering the exposure modes and various settings - its probably fine. (The floor was carpeted, right?)
Can Nikon tell if its been dropped...maybe...
Is there a problem with the longevity of the camera...probably not.
I would not send it in to be looked at unless you clearly had issues. Depending on when it was purchased and how, you may be covered under an extended warranty with your credit card, if you used one to pay for the camera.
#2. "RE: DSLR Horror Story" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! Ouch! Sorry to hear of the accedent.
>1) Can Nikon determine that the camera has been dropped if it ever has to go in for warranty work?
>2) Do you think the longevity of my camera has been jeopordized by my careless, foolish action?
As long as nothing broke it should not.
Nikon has always been known for building very robust tough cameras. Go through all of the functions and make sure everything works properly. Anthony's recommendations regarding service and the extended warranty offered by most credit cards are excellent. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!