Magnesium bodies

Started Mar 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Magnesium bodies
In reply to Owen, Mar 31, 2012

Owen wrote:

I keep hearing about "build" quality of the new expensive cameras like Nikon, Canon, Sony.

Now I don't figure my camera is going to be run over by a car or truck so why add an expensive magnesium body to the build. New plastics are plenty strong for todays cameras.

Right plastics should be the future here. Plastics will also flex some helping to slow down impact providing less of a shock to a fallen camera. Just like airbags slow people down.

I dropped my Olympus E510 off my computer desk. It fell 2 feet onto a rug. No outside damage but the finder readouts and the flash stopped working. Now that wasn't even a hard fall.

That is sad. I had my Canon 5D get pulled out of my hand from about 3 feet and fell down onto asphalt (I actually stepped on the strap). A couple of scrapes but absolutely no operation of the camera was affected and that was 2 or more years ago.

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