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D800E Durability test (a.k.a I just dropped my camera)

GLOCKE12

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GLOCKE12 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Nov 2009
Mon 06-Jan-14 10:08 PM

Well, it finally happened. After owning 3 different DX bodies over the past 8 years, the one that I managed to drop was the expensive D800E after a little over 1 week of ownership.

I had my camera bag on the front seat of my car, and have trained myself to ALWAYS check the zippers before I pick it up...Well, today was the one time that training failed and as I went to pick up the bag, the camera slipped out and fell about 2-3 feet onto the ground (a mix of gravel and dirt is what it landed on).

It looks like it hit back first. Only visible damage were some specs of something that seemed to have worked loose and were visible in the viewfinder. A few gentle puffs from a hurricane blower took care of those.

One thing I noticed, and I am not sure if it was there before, is that there is a "rattle" sound when the flash is closed and the camera is shaken gently. When the flash is open I do not hear this. Might be normal? I hear it on my D7000 also..

Other than it seems to be working ok. I took a couple of test shots and they seem fine.

So, is there anything I should be checking ? Would this warrant a trip to NIkon USA ??

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