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Grizzly bear tests limits of rented lens insurance cover

By dpreview staff on May 21, 2012 at 16:53 GMT

Photographer Andrew Kane found himself having to report damage to the Nikon D4 he'd rented this weekend, after it was attacked by a grizzly bear. Kane had the presence of mind to document the attack, using his D700 and 70-300VR that he had slung around his neck - grabbing some impressive sharp images of the bear mauling the rented kit. LensRentals seem satisfied with his explanation - Roger Cicala has blogged that replacement gear is already on the way to Kane.

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obeythebeagle
By obeythebeagle (May 29, 2012)

Peanut butter on the tripod. Oldest trick in the book.

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maboule123
By maboule123 (May 28, 2012)

In 1988 my Leica R3-MOT was smashed and partially eaten by Sasquatch, while I was attending a nature call during my photo camping trip around the Smoky Mountains.
I didn't have the chance to record it on film since that was the only camera I had with me.
Nobody believed my story. Not then, not now.

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Kallel00
By Kallel00 (May 26, 2012)

Am I the only one thinking he was pretty lucky to have a camera & tripod to leave there as a distraction for the bear while he got away?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (May 26, 2012)

No. The name *Tim Treadwell* sprung into my mind several times as I read this article, but fortunately no one was hurt, so we all felt free to post lame bear puns :)
On the other hand, it's a great idea to take your most expensive camera and lens and use it as a distraction. Bears seem to feel attracted to expensive gear. I heard next time Andrew Kane will be taking a Leica M9 by Hermés.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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starchase
By starchase (May 26, 2012)

See what can happen when you don't get prior authorization to shoot?

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Joe186
By Joe186 (May 25, 2012)

"Nikons, so tough, they can even survive an attack from a full grown grizzly bear"

Just a thought... I'd ponder if Nikon would pay Andrew Kane a decent fee for the rights to those photos (and story)?

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/media/2012/05/Outlook.jpeg

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Saleen1999
By Saleen1999 (May 25, 2012)

That guy is so lucky to be alive and I would have done the same whether the equipment was insured or not. You can't put a price on your life.

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Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (May 24, 2012)

The bear must be a Canon shooter.

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Lu64
By Lu64 (May 23, 2012)

Now, what is really interesting is: Did the bear also take some pictures of Andrew Kane while fleeing?

Good job!

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rtaldave
By rtaldave (May 24, 2012)

LOL

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jatinder kamboj
By jatinder kamboj (May 23, 2012)

It seems that now these kind of gears must be protected through some helmet kind of protections.. company's must thought to provide risk management capabilities in such difficult situations.

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Superka
By Superka (May 23, 2012)

Typical behavior of Grizzly-CANONist.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (May 23, 2012)

That's not a very canonic comment.

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TimR-Niagara
By TimR-Niagara (May 23, 2012)

it came out of hibernation to see Nikon's latest and greatest, took a sniff and a taste, and thought, bloody hell it looks and tastes same as that old D3s, angrily stomped the heck out of it, and took off to hibernate another 4 more years in anticipation for the next D5 lol :-)

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TimR-Niagara
By TimR-Niagara (May 23, 2012)

where are the photos of it stomping and chewing on the camera?
I can see Nikon’s next addy… ‘bear tested and bear tough’ lol

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sh10453
By sh10453 (May 23, 2012)

Dear Mr. Kane,
We have received your insurance claim, with pictures to prove it.

We assure you that a replacement bear is on the way in a FedEx crate. and you will find him exactly at the same spot where you last encountered a bear.

Faithfully yours :)

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bobsphotos
By bobsphotos (May 22, 2012)

Looks like a small bear to me, about 4' tall. What did you run for?
" Two guys are chased by a grizzly bear. First one says" What are we going to do?" the second says "I am going to out run you and hope the bear is happy chewing on you."
Old joke.

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acidic
By acidic (May 22, 2012)

Two guys hiking in the woods, one guy in hiking boots (HB) and the other guy in running shoes (RS). HB asks RS why he's wearing running shoes. RS responds, "In case of a bear encounter."

HB: "You can't outrun a bear."

RS: "I don't have to outrun a bear, I only have to outrun you."

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PorscheDoc
By PorscheDoc (May 23, 2012)

Agreed. it looks like a little cub, hardy 500 lbs. What a girly man, ;-)

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 24, 2012)

Well, Mr. He-Man, What if the 750 lbs mom were close by?

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jimlock
By jimlock (May 22, 2012)

Glad this had a happy ending, but...did you have him sign a model release form?

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kiwi2011
By kiwi2011 (May 22, 2012)

He was only trying to see how many megabites the D4 took!!

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Lu64
By Lu64 (May 23, 2012)

Nikon tastes awfully...

Well obviously, I am eating Canons for breakfast!

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Steven Sax
By Steven Sax (May 22, 2012)

the bear clearly prefers Nikon, however this does clearly demonstrate that the D4's ergonomics are flawed; clearly it needs an additional battery grip for those of us with unusually large paws (I mean fingers)....

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arbitrage
By arbitrage (May 22, 2012)

I think the best comment (dig) over on the original FM thread was this one by xaradaisy:

"The D4 survived because it locked up and played dead."

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JackM
By JackM (May 22, 2012)

that guy has large balls.

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Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (May 22, 2012)

It's Chuck Westfall on his day off...
;-)

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tonganqn
By tonganqn (May 22, 2012)

should tripod companies open a new segment called "Bear resistant"?

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sh10453
By sh10453 (May 23, 2012)

That or modify their warranty to say "Warranty does not cover bear attacks"!

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tonganqn
By tonganqn (May 22, 2012)

Maybe the bear was trying to make a self-portrait (kind of like what a monkey did a few months ago) but found (and realized!) that the lens mounted on the D4 was not the right one for portraiture.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (May 23, 2012)

He is just defending his privacy, maybe his girlfriend was taking a shower & he didn't want her nude pictures taken.

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LWW
By LWW (May 22, 2012)

Don't git them thar burrs in these 'ere parts, but does look like a little one?
If that was my Pentax I would have wrestled that critter to the ground and seen him off!

So long as his mother wasn't close by.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (May 23, 2012)

You can do that as long as you are larger than the bear, I suppose!

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h2k
By h2k (May 22, 2012)

The news item's wording seems to indicate some kind of promotional intent in favour of the lens rental service. The news itself could have been explained with a less promotional flavour. Yet the story was surely worth to be on DPR - also as a good change to the usual - and it caused some entertaining commentary.

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Barbu
By Barbu (May 22, 2012)

Oh, come on... I'm sick and tired of bland wording, people avoiding to praise a product or a service because it could be „promotional”.
LensRentals rocks, it's the overwhelming consensus; and the way they acted upon this... no ammount of „promotion” can be enough.

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Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (May 22, 2012)

lets assume it was a promotional..i think they succeeded...

i dont know about this company..this guy could proof his case with fotos..the question is: what if he had no proof no fotos no witnesses...what would do lens rentals in this case?

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Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (May 22, 2012)

Head-line humour, remember that ?
;-)

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RCicala
By RCicala (May 22, 2012)

If there were no pictures we'd send him replacement gear. As long as there isn't water in the lens, it's covered. Pictures of the event are a fun bonus, but have nothing to do with replacing the equipment or covering the damage.

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Dr Gradus
By Dr Gradus (May 22, 2012)

Does slobber count?

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SLOtographer
By SLOtographer (May 22, 2012)

Epic!

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (May 22, 2012)

ouch.....15 grand gone!

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CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (May 22, 2012)

Best story ever.

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Michael Kaufman
By Michael Kaufman (May 22, 2012)

Most be a pretty flimsy camera. He bearly touched it.

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David Lal
By David Lal (May 23, 2012)

Touch and go - it is ursine of the times.

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francc
By francc (May 22, 2012)

cute!i mean the picture...

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Safesphere
By Safesphere (May 22, 2012)

A survaval tip: If you are cornered in the woods by a grizzly, just throw him some Nikon. Finally something it is good for ;)

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quadraticadder
By quadraticadder (May 22, 2012)

Definitely a Kodiak moment.
Best,
Steve

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mzillch
By mzillch (May 21, 2012)

I think the bear was looking into the camera after he had heard it used a BAYER pattern sensor.

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Enrico B.
By Enrico B. (May 21, 2012)

I read: "the replacement BEAR is already on the way to Kane"

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MeuBy
By MeuBy (May 21, 2012)

LOOOL

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (May 21, 2012)

The grizzly is clearly smiling.

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MDwebpro
By MDwebpro (May 21, 2012)

Interesting real world test of the Nikon lens Kane used to document the mauling. The dpreview editors should consider including a young grizzly bear in the lens target setup they use for testing new glass. :-P

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taotoo
By taotoo (May 21, 2012)

If LensRentals is financially connected to this site have we been told?

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RCicala
By RCicala (May 22, 2012)

Lensrentals has no financial connections or arrangements with DPR.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (May 22, 2012)

Of course, someone had to spoil the party with his conspiracy theories... I can't bear it!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 21, 2012)

Evidence why it's best to go hiking in wild country accompanied by a slow person (bait) encumbered by heavy camera equipment or a lot of bear belly.

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JaFO
By JaFO (May 21, 2012)

that's why they say :
you don't need to outrun the dragon
just make sure you're faster than the dwarf/hobbit/halfling ...

I guess that could apply to real life as well ;)

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valenttin
By valenttin (May 21, 2012)

Don't worry! You can go there with another camera, from another maker. This bear just become addicted to Nikon, I'm sure!

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (May 21, 2012)

And he took off when he realized it wasn't a D800 so he could just get one at the store. Maybe Nikon will run a series of John Cameron Swayze ads with this.

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OneThird
By OneThird (May 21, 2012)

Bear this in mind... the D4 took a stomping, chewing, slobbering by a 500lb grizzly and it still shoots beautifully. I don't think any camera can handle this type of abuse!

Glad the photographer made it out in one piece. Can't say the same for his equipment though.

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wskb
By wskb (May 21, 2012)

I bet the bear shoots RAWWWW - sorry, couldn't resist...

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (May 21, 2012)

I thought they shot PAW format, but I was wrong.

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JaFO
By JaFO (May 21, 2012)

He couldn't wait to get his paws on that camera ...

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (May 22, 2012)

This proliferation of puns is becoming unbearable.

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itchhh
By itchhh (May 21, 2012)

I saw this post and thought it was funny!!

"The bear was just ticked that you got your D4 before his arrived..."

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Deleted1929
By Deleted1929 (May 21, 2012)

A valuable lesson - always get a signed model release.

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Bruce Crossan
By Bruce Crossan (May 21, 2012)

Just finished watching the BBC "Yellowstone" series. . . told my wife I want to go there one day. She's not so keen now!

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sh10453
By sh10453 (May 23, 2012)

Tell her you would wear hiking boots and she can wear tennis shoes!! :)

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kenbass
By kenbass (May 21, 2012)

I can't bear these comments.

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Esmee Farquhar
By Esmee Farquhar (May 22, 2012)

I can't Bear the damage to the camera.

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Maji
By Maji (May 21, 2012)

So the camera can be advertised for sale on Craig's List as "Bearly Used"! LOL... getting tired of all the bear puns.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (May 22, 2012)

nice one nice one!

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Chris Epler
By Chris Epler (May 21, 2012)

Guess he's a grizzled veteran now...

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Dheorl
By Dheorl (May 21, 2012)

It's a shame he didn't set the camera recording a movie before he ditched it, could have come away with some awsome footage.

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jl_smith
By jl_smith (May 21, 2012)

Nice idea, but the MFD of the 600mm meant nothing would have been clear ;)

I guess the sound file would be fun to listen to, though!

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Dheorl
By Dheorl (May 21, 2012)

True, didn't think of that. I guess if you're at the point of abandoning gear you're not going to stop to change a lens =)

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sh10453
By sh10453 (May 23, 2012)

We hope that he took some video with his other camera that recorded these images, although I doubt it.
It sounds like the whole episode happened very quickly, perhaps in a minute or less.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 21, 2012)

Bear are attracted to Nikon like bees to honey. The promise land is the land of milk and Nikon indeed. LOL

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AV Janus
By AV Janus (May 21, 2012)

Why the need to explain?
Its insured. If I dropped it is covered. If I get annoyed by the bad photos and stomp it myself it should also be covered... :-P

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J R R S
By J R R S (May 21, 2012)

No insurance is for accedental damage... not delibrate... If you stopm on it because you want to then you better want to pay too!

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