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11-13-2021, 03:26 PM - 4 Likes   #1
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They just don't make them like they used to...

Putting away some clothes in my closet the hanger snagged the strap on an old Nikkormat FT2 camera on the shelf above.
Not having had my coffee yet I was half asleep, so my attempts to catch it were comically futile.
It crashed to the hard floor (no carpet) along with a 1980's Shimano spinning reel.

There was no apparent damage to the all metal camera body. So far so good.
But still fearing the worst I turned the 50/2 Nikkor lens focus ring; it was now really tight.
I dismounted the lens and noticed the lens cap was jammed.
Hoping it was distorting the lens barrel I used a large pair of Channel Lock pliers to remove it.

Both lens and camera are now back to working 100%, along with the Shimano reel, also undamaged.
1970s/80s Japanese quality saved the day with Chris-proof construction!


11-13-2021, 04:14 PM   #2
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My motto: "Store on the Floor. It Can't Go Any Lower".

Also: "Gravity Sucks."

About a month back, I set my K-1 on the bottom of my bed. That night when I jumped into bed and heard a loud CLUNK as my feet went into place, I knew it was the end of the world, only to find no damage. Says something for good construction. Back to those mottos.

Glad your outcome was a good one.

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11-13-2021, 04:16 PM   #3
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I used to "store on the floor". That was before Superstorm Sandy.
Two feet of flood water can destroy practically everything you own.

Fifty years of irreplaceable photos slides and negatives were destroyed.
The only items to survive undamaged were those stored high on shelves.


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11-13-2021, 08:08 PM   #4
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Hopefully, no flooding will happen at 4th floor.
So, “store at floor level” should be fine for me.

11-22-2021, 07:29 PM   #5
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Glad to hear the FT2 survived! Gravity is powerful! (and vacuum sucks )
While moving some stuff around, my 1911 Brownie 2A fell like 4 inches and landed on its side. Nothing happened but it was a scary moment.

11-23-2021, 05:32 AM   #6
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“Store on the floor” to me means… kicked across the room.
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Store on the floor means our Corgi can attempt to add an optional furry coating to anything she feels like laying next to


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