I just had a 'lump in the throat' moment. My camera bag with my D800 and 28-300mm lens fell off my desk onto the tile floor. All seems to still work fine, but I'm worried sick. Should I be? Anyone ever have similar experience with Nikon equipment? Camera bag is well padded.
#1. "RE: Nikon durability" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 31-Mar-12 05:14 PM by LMMiller9
Perhaps the only time I had my 24-70 lens on my D700 WITHOUT the lens shade attached, I pulled up to my daughter's home, lifted a box out of the back seat to carry in and somehow the strap to the camera got pulled at the same time, the camera and lens went crashing onto the concrete driveway, lens first.
A major heart attack moment. The lens filter was cracked. The rim of the lens filter would not move, and never has moved off of the lens. After removing the broken glass the lens and camera proved to work just fine.
Moral of the story: a) Nikon gear is pretty darn tough; b) keep the lens shade on - it is a great shock absorber; c) travel with the camera and lenses in a proper bag/backpack only!!
I suppose we all have at least one story in which we have exclaimed "How could I have been so stupid!"
#3. "RE: Nikon durability" In response to Reply # 0
My story: About 18 month ago I was in Patagonia with a group of photographers. We were traveling in a small bus and I had put my D200 with the 70-200 vr attached on the floor. When the driver suddenly had to brake, camera plus lens slid forward and crashed forcefully into one of the steel supports of the seat in front of me. The only damage was some paint scratched from the lens hood.
Remarks of my co-photographers who were all using Canon equipment: You could not do this with a Canon...
Well, somehow, I can't remember now how, my new Nikormat ('65) fell from the attic window to the ground...not a good feeling. Got down there and picked it up. Tiny scratch on the pyramid.. Why get anything else....Jon
#7. "RE: Nikon durability" In response to Reply # 0
My sigh of relief and "thank God moment" came when my nikon body came loose from my long lens and fell from the top of a lighthouse to the concrete below. The camera of course was destroyed, my relief came from not hitting anyone below. Roger H
#8. "RE: Nikon durability" In response to Reply # 0
It all depends on how far it fell, how hard the surface was where it hit and what angle it hit that surface on. If it was in a well padded camera bag and it landed flat or hit at an angle where it didn't put all the weight of the drop onto a small point (like the front rim of a long lens) you should be fine. The D800 is obviously heavier than a point and shoot and I have dropped my point and shoot in its case several times with never a problem. I did knock by D90 onto a cement floor, in a heavily padded top-loading holster bag, and again not a problem. The D800 is made very well and unless you dropped it from a bridge onto a highway below I would not worry. Just be aware of its functionality the next few times you use it. (That's why we buy well padded bags). PS: I also have the D800 with the 28-300 attached as my default lens. Enjoy.
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#9. "RE: Nikon durability" In response to Reply # 0
I was getting ready to deplane in Frankfurt many years ago and I opened the overhead. You know how they say "use care when opening the overheads as items may have shifted during the flight"? Well they had. My new 8008s and collection of new prime lenses came down unexpectedly. The bag flipped upside down, hit the arm rest and then the floor. It was all in a Domke canvas bag with limited padding. Having had other Nikons before I wasn't too worried and in the end nothing was damaged.
I've also heard about Canons not being as robust as Nikons in general...