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01-14-2008, 04:25 AM   #16
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The thing is, the fix for it appears so simple.
Appearances can deceive.

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I was out at a tattoo studio, camera slipped off my shoulder and hit the ground at a specific angle. It's a simple flaw. Some rubber added to certain points on the body would prevent this from happening in the future. Let's hope the next camera fixes this issue
Because Pentax should've accommodated for this specific accident.

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Oh no!
I think this is a job for the measurebaters out there, perhaps they could have a showdown between a K10D, D300 and a canon 5D (perhaps RH would donate his 5D to the cause - I'm sure he would have no problems as the 5D is a pro camera; isn't it?)

I can just picture it now measurebaters dropping cameras from various heights, perhaps they can even measure AF performance as the camera gets closer to the ground, after all it should still perform as required.
Thank you! You've given a name to what I previously let go nameless! I post on a tech forum (it's mostly computer talk but also covers photography) and mostly consists of people buying the most feature packed-gear, and deriding anything that has less than, say, 5642 AF points.

This seems similar to my own Boot Test of Camera Value, and ties in with this post: take your Pentax, and someone else's Canon 5D, and dropkick both into a concrete wall.

Then see who's out the most money .
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I think if you are going to continue to drop camera's you would be better off using an old Pentax K1000 or Nikon FM etc... I am not sure that the digital age knows too much about impact resistance.

Are there any digital camera's that are truely impact resistant??

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I think the armor idea is great if it saves having to carry the camera around in a protective pouch.

I only hope it fits the GX-10. With the DA*16-50 on I already have a sealed system. Add impact protection, and I might even take the system skiing - no pouch.

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A six to ten pound weight (big lens, grip, flash) heading to a sudden stop at about twenty inches distance... the force would be about fifty or eighty pounds at the point of impact... I guestimate... I would pay big money for that camera if it could survive that without a scratch.
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my wife has dropped her Ricoh GX three times... (once the wrist strap broke so that was only half her fault!) and it still works even though the caseing doesn't actually join like it's supposed too! The other falls have chipped bits off the edge of the LCD and scratched another corner. Tough little bugger!

Once I fell over while holding my Nikon FE in one hand, tripod in other... I instinctively put my hand down to break my fall and the FE took the brunt of me landing on it on rocks... One tiny scratch.

In either case... if the cameras had stopped I wouldn't have been blaming the manufacturer!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Falcons Quote
Oh no!
I think this is a job for the measurebaters out there, perhaps they could have a showdown between a K10D, D300 and a canon 5D (perhaps RH would donate his 5D to the cause - I'm sure he would have no problems as the 5D is a pro camera; isn't it?)

I can just picture it now measurebaters dropping cameras from various heights, perhaps they can even measure AF performance as the camera gets closer to the ground, after all it should still perform as required.
That sounds very interesting to try out. K10d free fall impact study.
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That sounds very interesting to try out. K10d free fall impact study.
You first.

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What a misleading headline, geesh! Like someone else said pro conditions !=dropping the camera. If you drop something, expect it to break, duh!

How about "Drop Camera=camera break", that would be more appropriate.
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Haha, pro-conditions? Does pros drop their cameras more often than beginners or what? You think that the Hasselblad H2 would survive a fall just because its a top of the line pro photographer camera, come on...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gregory Quote
I keep my camera with me by my side whenever i go out. Which is most of the time. You never know when the magic moment will hit..

I was out at a tattoo studio, camera slipped off my shoulder and hit the ground at a specific angle. It's a simple flaw. Some rubber added to certain points on the body would prevent this from happening in the future. Let's hope the next camera fixes this issue
Might I suggest you place the camera somewhere else, like around your neck. Then it should stay with you, unless your head falls off.

Cameras are designed to take pictures not to be a substitute for a basketball. I can almost guarantee you that "the next camera" will be engineered to have more and different picture taking abilities and not to be impact resistant.

Also, if there is that much external damage I can only imagine that there will be internal injuries as well.

Admit you screwed up, or had a bit of bad luck - whatever! - but don't blame the manufacturer because the product did not do something it was never intended to do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
Might I suggest you place the camera somewhere else, like around your neck. Then it should stay with you, unless your head falls off.
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This thread brings ringing back to me from the mists of antiquity cantankerous old Mr. Jackson, high school English teacher, who chided a snickering student, "Young man! They have places for people who sit and giggle!"

If he could see me right now he'd no doubt say the same thing. God, this thread is hilarious.
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The thing is, the fix for it appears so simple.
With inbody accelerometer that triggers an AIR BAG. That would be very nice.


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I'm hoping someone from pentax will see this post and relay it to the right people. I love how pentax cameras feel and operate. And I'd like to continue to support them..
...to continue to support them ( PENTAX ?) you'd better start by supporting it ( K10D! )
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I've been a pro driver since the age of 16. It wasn't long after receiving my licence that I wanted to sue Chevy because when I let go of my steering wheel my Camero hit a tree and broke. They should've seen this coming and padded my car with rubber in vulnerable places. I mean, it was so obvious!

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