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My D70 Survived Quite A Crash  
User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2285 times:

I've done something incredibly stupid! While I was driving from Kaikoura to Hamner Springs in New Zealand I decided to stop somewhere to make a few pictures of the beautiful scenery. Then I placed my camera on the roof of my car, stretched my legs a bit, forgot about my D70 and drove away to Hamner Springs.  dopey 
Now if you think this is silly its getting worse.
As soon as I drove away I heard something falling of the car and when I looked in my mirror I saw a black object bouncing on the road. Still didn't think it could be my camera because I saw a lot of rocks on the road in front of me and I thought I hit one hence the sound and a bouncing object on the road that looked like a rock in my mirror.
Just before I arrived in Hamner Springs I made another stop to make a picture of the stunning scenery. When I couldn't find my camera I realized that the bouncing object on the road was not a rock but my camera. So my brother and I had to drive back 80 kms to look for the pieces of my camera. To my surprise I found the body still in one piece and only my 18-70 mm lens was trashed in bits. I'm looking to the pieces as I'm writing this post.
I swapped the smashed lens for my 70-300 to see if the camera was working fine and to my surprise it really was. Only a few scratches on the body.
Quite a strong camera eh!  eyepopping 

Thought the Nikon fans here would appreciate this.

Now when you recovered laughing your ass off can (some of you kiwi's) please answer some of my questions.

My camera needed to be cleaned and serviced anyway as most of my pictures tend to be overexposed no matter what I do, even before the silly accident. I'm still AKL based for a few months. Do anyone of the AKL based photographers know a good place where I can bring my camera to?

Thanks in advance and Kind regards,

Sander


I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2284 times:
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How can you forget a few thousand dollars worth of gear on the roof of a car.?
Anyway i always thought that NIKON where built solid.
Cheers



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User currently offlineUnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

I once left a cup of soda on the roof of my car, so it can and does happen.


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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

It's not silly. It could happened to anybody. The only important thing is that you are ok.

User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5217 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

I can't stop laughing LOL!!! Yet, I haven't left anything on the roof of my car, hope never happens!!!

On a side note, I'm sure a Canon would have died the moment it start bouncing on the road as a rock... Nikon rulezzz!!!

g77 APM



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Wow... That's all I have to say is wow. Whenever I shoot on the roof of my car I always make it a point to get off the car wearing the neckstrap of every camera I have with me while I'm up there. Wow.

User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 2):
I once left a cup of soda on the roof of my car, so it can and does happen.

I wish it was a cup of soda  Sad

Sander



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
Quite a strong camera eh!

Thought the Nikon fans here would appreciate this.

Sounds like Nikon make decent cameras if it survived that!

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
My camera needed to be cleaned and serviced anyway as most of my pictures tend to be overexposed no matter what I do

Oh wait a minute .......  Wink

Just kidding, we all do something like that at some point, main thing was something happened to your camera and not you.


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Lucky guy, that "only" the lens is damaged beyond repair! In a few weeks you'll probably think back and laugh your ass off....

Gerardo



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User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1293 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2135 times:

I once left my wallet on the roof of the car - after skiing - in Zell am See (Austria). After driving for about ten minutes through the town centre, I remembered... and lucky as I was, it was still there!

On another occasion I was witness of a car accident and police officers asked me to testify. Since it was already late and the police was called upon for another accident, they asked if they could come to my home later on to take my testimony. When they came to my house a couple of days later, one of the officers was running around the car (while it was parked in front of my house) and I asked his colleague what he was doing... He replied that he had left their radio on top of the roof when they departed their offices - about 20 km from where I live - but unfortunately for them, it was no longer there...

Best regards and Happy Easter to all aviation fans!

Walter



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User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

LOL! Glad the camera was ok. Just have to hope the car hire firm don't charge you more than the price of a D70 to fix the large gash in the roof!

I dropped my 70-200f4L the same week I got it. It dropped about 2-3ft onto the pavement and landed on the plastic lens mount cap. Not a scratch on the lens and it works perfectly. So Canon L glass is well made too! Phew!



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

Reminds me of Mark Latham's camera smashing stunt last year.


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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

I left my scanner on the top of a car once. Thankfully it was still there when I stopped the car several miles later.


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

Quoting LGW (Reply 7):

Sounds like Nikon make decent cameras if it survived that!

So does Canon, my cam (the plastic fantastic 300D) was dropped in a robery at MEX a couple of weeks ago, lens was in 2 parts, camera didn't even have a scratch.



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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

I left a couple lens caps on my parents Envoy back in 04... Tore out of the driveway at my parents place in Traverse City, heading the mile drive to the TVC observation area to see some fighters that were inbound... Thankfully I had the sunroof open and had 1 fall inside or I probably wouldnt have noticed. I always check now, even though I try to be sure to not even set anything up top.

[Edited 2006-04-16 17:59:25]

User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
Thought the Nikon fans here would appreciate this.

On the other hand, the Canon fans are speechless. Those Nikon's must be more than just be plastic toys.  stirthepot   rotfl 

Just kidding, of course! Really, I'm glad your camera is OK. You probably were a bit lucky, but it's still quite a testament.

cheers,
Phil



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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 41
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Yeah I guess its a good laugh. Even I can laugh about it now.

Question remains: Where can I find a good workshop for servicing my camera in Auckland?

Sander



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Quoting LGW (Reply 7):

Sounds like Nikon make decent cameras if it survived that!

I don't have a single doubt about it.


User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1931 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
Do anyone of the AKL based photographers know a good place where I can bring my camera to?

The New Zealand agent is:
T.A. Macalister Limited
65-73 Parnell Rise, Parnell,
Auckland,New Zealand
Private Bag 92146,
Auckland,New Zealand

Phone: (64-9) 303 4334
Fax: (64-9) 309 6502
Email: sales@macalister.co.nz

http://www.nikon.co.nz/servicecentres.php?countrycode=nz

I haven't seen you spotting at AKL?

Cheers,
Colin



Good things take Time.
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Quoting Ghost77 (Reply 4):
Nikon rulezzz!!!

It definitely does...  Wink


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9603 posts, RR: 69
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
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One time I left my walled on the roof of my car, and drove about 5 minutes on the freeway, at say 70 mph, when I had this sinking feeling...I got out and my wallet had snagged onto the roof rack...I lost a few bucks but not the important stuff.

User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
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HI,

I posted the following in another forum just the other day.... I read a story some years ago of 2 F-4 Phantoms on a photo sortie, they collided while one was rolling around the other for a photo.. all 4 crew ejected and whilst the photog that was riding in the back seat still had a firm grip on his Nikon it wasn't firm enough to survive the seat seperation shock and was ripped from his hands and fell many thousands of feet to the desert.
Turns out it was found lying on the desert floor many years later broken but still light tight and tho heat affected some photos were processed from the film.

Another little tale from my local area, on the day of her engagement a young lady placed her engagement ring on the roof of her car(what was she thinking). A search found nothing until later that night her fiance, probably after spending the day wondering if that might be some kind of sign, returned to the scene with a powerful torch and shone it along the ground until he found something that glinted more brightly! The may have lived happilly ever after.. or not!

Chris



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User currently offlineTACA300C From Costa Rica, joined Oct 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

Just the other day, I dropped my 80-200/2.8 nikon lens about 5 feet. The lens cap cracked but to my relief there was only a small scratch on the barrel.

User currently offlineVasanthD From India, joined May 2005, 450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Quoting Ghost77 (Reply 4):
I'm sure a Canon would have died the moment it start bouncing on the road as a rock

I wanna share my hard experience ...
My connecting flight was about to depart in 10 min. I was literally running with my backpack in the terminal at CLT. The bag was full and I had my 20D with the 18-55 lens inside it. Suddenly while I was still running I heard a thump and my bag felt so light...Other people yelled your bag is open...some pointed fingers...I stopped and turned back to see my 20D lying in the hard floor. My heart stopped for a while  faint  ...I was so shocked that I was literally doing nothing. Then I picked it...put it in my bag and closed the zip and positioned it at the end of the zipper. I got into the flight, panting heavily.

Then slowly opened my bag and first examined it...NO VISUAL DAMAGE.. relieved ...
Then switch on...NO PROBLEM...  relieved   relieved  ...
Then try to focus...Perfect focus...  relieved   relieved   relieved  ...
Then Click...It works fine...  Smile

I am still amazed how rugged Canon 20D and the 18-55mm lens is...falling from a height of 6 foot into the hard floor...and still works...

--Vas



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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

Have you drove for 80km in NZ, specially near Kaikora, without stop to take any photographs? Amazing! lol

I have never drove my car with something on it, but almost for 2 times, both I forgot my cellphone. Its easy to forgot things over your car roof when you have to find your keys, so you have to keep your hands free. You are about to get into your car and someone call you for ask something also is a big problem.
My mind is very dispersive, today, indeed, I sat for a coffee in the airport, left my camera over the table, but just after a while I've noticed the table was pretty messy, so I decided to change. In the instant I was about to take my camera, my headphones felt, so I took it and forgot the camera.
I've left the camera on that table for 10 minutes and just remembered about it because I wanted to see some pictures that I took. Luckily it was there, on the same place. My heart stopped for a while as well.

Matt


25 Viv : Yesterday I was at the threshold of runway 024 in ELLX. When the time came to go home I locked myself out of my car, with camera gear, warm jacket, mo
26 StealthZ : Can feel for that..I arrived at the Tower Mound at SYD one Sat morning in the depths of winter last year, wearing jeans and T-shirt, as I got out of
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