was flying over an active volcano on a helicopter tour in hawaii, my camera was mounted on a stand attached to the outside of the helicopter just under the window, it was operated with a console inside. apparently it wasn't mounted properly and the vibrations caused a bolt to fall out. thats right, for my worst equipment disaster, I actually dropped my camera into an active volcano.
that was completely made up, worst real "disaster" was having a camera flushed down the toilet by a curious 2 year old.
I had a Minolta X700 film camera that I somehow left cooking inside my car on a super hot Southern Cali summer. When I remembered I went back to get it and it was HOT. Instead of leaving it be and letting it cool off, I turned it on and I pressed the shutter. All i heard was a short zap and that was it! Luckily it was still under warranty and Minolta honored the fix for free. My other disaster happened to my Nikkor 80-200 f2.8D lens. I usually have two cameras, one on each shoulder while photographing weddings or other events. My 80-200 on my D200 and usually a 50mm on my D7000. I was hurrying towards the front of the church when I heard my zoom hit one of the pews. Must have been a good hit because later the auto focusing felt grindy and sandy. Sure enough, Nikon replaced the whole af motor and lens mount for $288!
I dropped my old Fuji Film camera in water and it works but me fumble fingers dropped it and now the screen is messed up and i can't see what i take a picture of. Luckily I got a new camera for Christmas that year C:
This one was nothing special it was a beast of digital camera though I don't even know if I still have it it was so long ago I don't even have the camera that I had after it because fumble fingers me dropped it! If I had one from the 60's I would rarely use it to cause I have bad luck with Camera's and technology in general C: