The D300 is amazingly tough

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gtv2000 Regular Member • Posts: 131
The D300 is amazingly tough
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About three weeks ago I watched my D300/Sigma 10-20mm tumble down a ravine in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It was on a tripod and I was taking another picture with my FM and knocked it over. It fell about thirty feet onto soft dirt, then the camera detached from the tripod and it bounded down another forty feet or so on rocky ground. It rained a lot the next couple of days. I was not happy. I almost wrote it off, but I notified Park Police and they said they might retrieve it.

Thanks to search and rescue, I got it back today. Amazingly, it still powers up. The eyepiece surround is gone, the LCD cover is gone (but the LCD isn't broken) and the WB button is always pressed in. Other than that, it's just dirty. Haven't tried the shutter yet.

The lens is intact and works - although the front element is scratched (not broken).

It's off to Nikon for evaluation and repair/cleaning, but I am very pleasantly surprised.

Weird, the Kirk ballhead is not around - it detached from the dovetail and the tripod screw. I figured it would have stayed attached to one or the other.

mironv Veteran Member • Posts: 9,778
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Well if it works maybe Nikon will keep it just as it looks as a marketing tool and send you a new D300. Well if not Nikon maybe you shod contact a Sigma about a lens.
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quicklook2 Contributing Member • Posts: 978
Re: The D300 is amazingly tough

an excellent case for a lens filter.

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Re: The D300 is amazingly tough

i wonder if anyone has any personal experience with this product:
http://www.cameraarmor.com/catalog

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Looking at that makes me want to cry....

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quicklook2 Contributing Member • Posts: 978
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that the nikon logo was covered up?

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JTatyosian Senior Member • Posts: 1,732
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I thought you were farting around... something like "oh man I dropped it and there isn't even a scratch on it." After a fall like that, I don't think anybody should be questioning why the D300 is worth the additional $500 bucks! That's going to be quite a hefty bill from Nikon, if I would have to guess. Are you expecting them to polish or just getting it working internally? That's a hard core camera, my friend. Please do keep us updated. I want to know the status of this baby.

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K10D Contributing Member • Posts: 810
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Amazing stuff and on that note:

I was watching an elephant demonstration on the weekend at Perth Zoo. Anyway, the trainer decided it would be funny to soak the crowd with water from the animals trunk. Most of the water landed on the family and my D300 with a 70-300VR that I was holding. It was drenched and I was fairly angry (everyone else thought it was hilarious of course).

Anyway, fingers crossed everything seems ok, there is no evidence of water damage etc.

Apparently the elephant was amused :).

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That's a hit!

That thing really took a hit. Will be interested in seeing what Nikon repair says. good luck.
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trend1 Contributing Member • Posts: 979
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Nice that you got your camera back! Please let us know what repair Nikon did when you get it back.

FuzzTheKingOfTrees Contributing Member • Posts: 733
A lens filter would have just shattered

quicklook2 wrote:

an excellent case for a lens filter.

No chance a lens filter would have survived you would be picking little pieces of glass out of the front on top of all the other damage.

Lowell Schechter Veteran Member • Posts: 3,069
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wow, I don't want to know what went through you mind when that happened.

It is a terrible thing to happen even though you have a tough bodied camera. I am cringing at the sight of photo you posted. I hope Nikon can save the camera. I have only dropped my point and shoots several times with minimal damage but even that got me going . I hope things turn out okay. Its amazing you got the camera back
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OP gtv2000 Regular Member • Posts: 131
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What went through my mind, aside from calling myself an idiot? My wife noticed it was almost a grieving process. A real sense of loss.

I got the nerve last night to put a different lens on it and press the shutter release - it actually still takes photos. A great testament to luck (that it didn't just smash headlong into a rock) and to Nikon's quality.

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I think we give all DSLs less credit that they deserve in how tough they are

I am not surprised one bit. My Canon 40D (which is not totally weatherproof camera) fell down from the top of the refrigerator bounced of several shelves and hit the cement floor. With lens. 6 feet down. Not a single scratch anywhere, worked like new, was not even an issue. I suspect even smaller cameras like Nikon D40 or Canon XSI are sturdy enough and would survive most falls. I think we baby our equipment too much. They are tough machines when it comes to being shock-proof.

Now with respect to water damage, I would not be so sure. But with falls, should be fine most of the time

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quicklook2 Contributing Member • Posts: 978
Re: A lens filter would have just shattered

FuzzTheKingOfTrees wrote:

quicklook2 wrote:

an excellent case for a lens filter.

No chance a lens filter would have survived you would be picking little pieces of glass out of the front on top of all the other damage.

how can you be sure?

it might have absorbed some of the shock and saved the lens from getting scratched.

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tundracamper Senior Member • Posts: 1,818
Re: A lens filter would have just shattered

Amazing. Like said above, that would make a great image for a TV or magazine ad!! Of course, they should send you a D3 if they use it in a commercial!!

Thanks for sharing.

OP gtv2000 Regular Member • Posts: 131
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Here's the last picture before the fall - the camera fell into the area below the bottom of the picture and bounced down to about where the trees are at the very bottom of the frame. That's the trail to the brink of the lower falls across the canyon.

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Wow, it is tough.

The the thumb screw shear off, of the Kirk ballhead?
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JBLanteigne Regular Member • Posts: 355
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Well, if your camera or lens get any problems, I hope you are going to sue the zoo for doing such a silly thing without your permission. I mean.. I would have been really angry, I'm pretty sure I would have want to sue them anyway, for public humiliation or anything that could get me a few thousands out of such a situation, I mean you can't lose.

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JBLanteigne wrote:

Well, if your camera or lens get any problems, I hope you are going to sue the zoo for doing such a silly thing without your permission. I mean.. I would have been really angry, I'm pretty sure I would have want to sue them anyway, for public humiliation or anything that could get me a few thousands out of such a situation, I mean you can't lose.

Not my style; the zoo is there to help endangered species etc, the last thing they need is a law suit. My wife is a friend of the zoo vet and had a quiet word. I'm sure either my insurance or the zoo's would cover repair if required.

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