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One tough camera...


St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 18-Jun-13 06:55 AM

My GF came to me in tears saying she ruined my D90 which she has been using for 6 months. She explained that she was climbing a set of marble stairs in a palace and it slipped out of her hand and fell and bounced down 15 steps on hard marble and landed with a thud on the marble floor one whole story below. She knew I loved that camera since it was my first DSLR after long film camera history. I don't use it much any more but when I did add a few to its 125,000 shot count, it always amazed me how good it was. She brought it to me and pieces of plastic she collected.
I inspected it, it is not a light camera with a grip with 2 batteries installed so I could see how they could be some damage. I could not find any scratches or dents and the plastic pieces were obviously parts of the lens mount on the 18-105 lens. With the grip it weighs about the same or a little more than my D800 without its grip.
I found that if I pressed and held the broken lens, everything worked including the lens. I brought it home to my workshop in the apartment and inspected it carefully, and mounted a 24 1.4 on the camera and tried a focus chart on the tripod......perfect.
I am not sure my pro D800 would have survived that fall but this series of D90, D7000 and D7100, I have no doubt are about as tough and reliable of cameras out there.
I often read how someone will only shoot some pro models because they demand a rugged camera. They did not study physics obviously or modern materials. The higher mass of a heavier camera requires more strength to survive a given impact or impulse and a lighter, lower mass camera needs less strength to handle abuse. Everyone has dropped their cell phone yet it is rare that one dies from it but drop a DSLR from the same height and big repair bills can be expected.
point and shoot cameras are very tough.
If I can find a Nikon independent repair shop who will sell a 18-105 rear mount collar, all will be back to normal. Otherwise she can learn a appreciate my spare 35mm prime. She keeps the camera on the Green Auto mode and the range of the 18-105 was perfect for her choice of shots so I would like to get that one running again.
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