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:
uggh! I know. Im new to photography and all of a sudden I realize why people carry their cameras everywhere! I always noticed it, but never thought much about people with cameras until I started wishing I had mine with me
My worst was probably nearly losing a lens and half of my night-vision adapter when I was getting off of a helicopter. I guess the combination of the vibration and high winds loosened some of the attachments and well...bye bye equipment. Thankfully I was able to find it about half an hour later. It's definitely not fun trying to find a piece of shiny black equipement on a bed of rocks at two in the morning. Dx
I've also shattered a few lenses and dinged up a body, but the camera body armor protected it from most of my shenanigans.
Nothing bad has happened to my camera, just bad things happening to me in the process of taking photos. Being chased by a bad-ass motherfucker of a Goose across a well populated park comes to mind, it must've been hilarious for all the people watching me though. I wasn't even that close to it
When I was in high school, I accidentally left my camera in a restaurant when we were leaving. I quickly realized this as soon as I got out of the restaurant doors, and turned around to go back in and get it. Within those...two minutes I was gone, some fuck-ass stole my goddamn camera. I hope they got terminal cancer.