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To Photographers: What is your worst equipment disaster? Drop a camera in water? Crack a lense?

:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I nearly dropped my Nikon D90 into a bucket of mop water today! It made me wonder how often such accidents happen to others.

So... let us know what the worst accident was. What happened, and most importantly... how much did it cost you???
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goldacorn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that is the best disaster ever!!!

I almost WANT that to happen to me!
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LoboSabio Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I was trying to light a shot in a dark hallway and I accidentally bumped into my tripod. Fortunately for me the only damage was cosmetic.
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eperlekvar Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
if it counts, I bought an expensive memory card, because only this one fits in my camera.. I went to Venice, and the card just said "memory card error".. f*ck...
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thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that totally counts. nothing is worse than buying something you are sooo excited about, getting it home, unwrapping it (or unwrapping it in the car as i often do!) and seeing that error message....

sucks!
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:iconrare2bme:
rare2bme Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
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!
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually used to do all of my photography with my phone and it got wet in the rain :( Needless to say after that, it was dead :no:
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AllyCat1994 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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:
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
breaking a classic camera can really suck. I have a 60's era minolta that I love and is in pristine condition. I love what it does but I rarely use it because Im afraid of breaking it!
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AllyCat1994 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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:
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Amy-the-Faerie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I'm just a general div and forget to take some of my equipment with me. So often I'm in a very pretty place without any way to take a decent photo or with no tripod.
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Photographer
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.
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
night vision and helicopters? awesome!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   Photographer
The best kind of work to do! ;p
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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:iconendeavor-to-freefall:
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 :grump:
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thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha! i got chased by a goose while fly fishing once... but i was ten!
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a Nikon F2A. A real classic. It's been dropped, beaten up, battered and bruised so often that it should have stopped working by now. The just don't make them like they used to.
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Airthir Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Photographer
A chicken pecked my lens. Didn't scratch it, though.
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
aahhh. the dangers of photographing poultry!
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Airthir Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Photographer
the resulting photographs are pretty amusing though: [link]
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nosugarjustanger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I couldn't turn on my camera. It just died. :stare:

What a waste of money. I didn't even hit it against the wall, or drop it. It just...died. Fuck.
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
not even an interesting story out of it eh? that sucks!
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nosugarjustanger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Nothing much! It just died quietly. :dead: Sucks.
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nosugarjustanger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
And it was a Nikon. I decided on a Canon for my next camera. 
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Cup-of-Javo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
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. :grump:
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
umm.. i hope they reformed and felt bad about it! cancer is a rather extreme thing to wish on someone.
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:iconcup-of-javo:
Cup-of-Javo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You're right...

They should just get hit by a Mack truck. :aww:
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
exactly! now you're getting it!
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:iconneiot:
Neiot Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My worst is... I couldn't turn it on. I still can't.
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really? lol. pathetic... but in a funny way! lol
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I once got snow in the lens of my video camera. Luckily it didn't cause any major damage
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you! i thought i destroyed you in the great llama challenge!
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Destroyed me? Ha :lol:
You can't destroy =EmoKels :eyes:
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i shall destroy new zealand!
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So? I'll simply float in the ocean eating Pringles & waiting for the next cruise liner from Australia to pick me up :eyes:
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:iconksxzt:
KSXZT Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Pringles will get wet, though. Ugh, soggy Pringles. Makes me want to barf just thinking about it.
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep my Pringles away from the water then :eyes:
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