Aviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 36 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2879 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.
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!
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,
I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
Walter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1312 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2729 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!
Sean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2714 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!
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man... Landing is the first!
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 45
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2651 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.
Clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2463 times:
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.
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5898 posts, RR: 38
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
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!
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
VasanthD From India, joined May 2005, 450 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2379 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 ...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... ...
Then try to focus...Perfect focus... ...
Then Click...It works fine...
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...
Matheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2368 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.
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