Want a robust camera?
Then buy a Nikon D80! I wanted to blog about this for months but never got to finally telling the story that happened on my last vacation, when my camera and lens both survived a 5-meter-crash. The lens is a Sigma by the way.
I guess this is the nightmare of any photographer: Standing on a (insert anything large here) and the camera slipping out of your hands.
|Trying to take this photo
Exactly this happened on our last vacation in Sweden. We were visiting the Tiveden national park, a really awesome virgin forest in the middle of the country. I was standing on a huge 5-meter-high rock to take a picture of a small lake embedded in the trees below that rock. I had the camera on a belt around my neck but I had to take it off to take that picture. And then it happened: My beloved and still so young Nikon slipped through my fingers (no idea how that happened).
My girlfriend who watched the whole scenario from below the rock saw what I didn't see: below that rock there was a swamp. She cried "Quick! It's sinking in the mud!" But all I could think and say was: "So what?"
But then I braced myself, slipped down the rock, did not fall into the mud which actually wasn't that bad, that the camera really could have sunken so fast, and finally reached the pieces of my cam. Pieces? Wait, it still seems to be in one piece. Surprised I grabbed it from the reed where it touched down and investigated the body. I noticed a few scratches, but didn't find any large parts missing or obvious major damage. I noticed a dent a the tip of the lens. This is still an optical device, I thought, all the lenses must have cracked. But I couldn't even see a single scratch. The LCD screens were still intact too.
|Mini ditch at the lens
My legs were still turned to jelly, but I was happy as hell that I didn't lose the whole cam, or all the vacation pictures. You can guess that I kept the cam tied tightly to my backpack for the remaining trip.
The moral of the story: if you need a really robust DLR, buy a Nikon D80 and a Sigma DC 18-200mm zoom lens.