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Had a bit of a disaster with the 7D whilst on hols.
Taking landscape shots with a wide angled lens on a tripod, picked up the tripod to move position "as you do " camera body came off the Head !! no idea why. Lens in bits, but the 7D has a small chip out of it which affected the Q button, and a slight widening at one of the seams. I was able to re prog the Q function to another button, and the Camera still works perfectly !!!!
Thank goodness for metal bodied cameras, yes they are heavier, but if that had been a plastic bodied camera it would have been in small pieces.
Thank goodness for good Insurance Cover too
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Glad its "ok" to a degree. another plus for those heavyweight bodies
Phew. Not too bad then. Shame about the lens.
Seems like you were reasonably lucky there, glad its not ruined, I witnessed a simlar thing at my camera club, one of the members was walking with his tripod on his shoulder (with Nikon D300S attached) and his head just gave up on him too and the camera landed on hard concrete :/ . He was equally as lucky as he had all sorts of bracketry on his camera which took all of the damage, I could barely believe that the camera and lens themselves were completely unscathed.
Its certainly a testiment to the build quality of the higher end cameras!
I had a similar experience about a month ago. I was doing a fashion shoot and about half way through I decided to adjust the lighting. I was talking to the model as I stepped back and clattered into my tripod knocking it for six. My D300S which was fixed to it fell to the floor, hitting a wall on the way down. The camera survived without a mark and still functions perfectly. The same can't be send for the remote shutter release receiver. It was attached to the hot shoe and ended up in about 10 pieces. It was £30 for a replacement but it could have been so much worse. Thank goodness for good Nikon build quality.
Quote: Camera still works perfectly
I don't want to dampen the theme, But for how long will it work perfectly..? ? ?
Chances are its working life may have been shortened considerably, Moving parts like the shutter mechanism do not take kindly to sudden and violent impacts.....!!!
If you have some sort of insurance cover, I would advise having the camera checked out by an appointed repair specialist, Just to be on the safe side...!
Should the camera fail some time down the road, You will never know if the failure is related to the accident, Insurance claims then might not be an option.
Same advise applies to the rest of you......
Quote: I don't want to dampen the theme, But for how long will it work perfectly..? ? ?
If not damp then mildly moist. I'm taking it in for a sensor clean soon so I'll have a chat with the shop owner to see what he thinks.
As per the last sentence of my original post " Thank goodness for good Insurance Cover too " they have the matter in hand.
My point was to praise the Robustness of the 7D and metal bodied cameras, thus allowing me to continue using the camera body for the remainder of my holiday.
I know of one that was dropped two days after he got it when it first came out, a few marks on it but still working now with over 100,000 clicks on it.
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