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Jul 18, 2010 22:20 |  #31
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Apparently, you hear stories about people dropping their lenses and bodies from a table and everything was totaled....:)


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Jul 18, 2010 22:58 |  #32

I've been trying to tell people that these plastic junky trashy weak plastic bodies aren't that bad and can be quite sturdy

never though did I ask someone to test that like you did :p

glad both you and the camera are ok though.


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Jul 19, 2010 12:00 |  #33

Tbh, to anyone that knows a bit about physics this isn't too surprising. An object in freefall will only fall so fast no matter how far it falls, this is it's terminal velocity. Now let's say it takes the camera 4 seconds to achieve terminal velocity (just a rough guess) it will make no difference if it falls 100 feet or 10,000 feet, once it reaches that maximum after 4 seconds it's not getting any faster. Now the thing about terminal velocity is it's governed by the force of gravity which is relatively weak, throwing the camera to the floor from 4 feet would actually make it fall a whole lot faster.

Take for example my first accident with my camera, I tripped and ended up smashing my camera in a drawstring bag into the concrete floor. Now if the camera was just in my hand that would've been a pretty nasty knock, however it was in my bag which gave even more leverage as it swung into the ground. My magnesium bodied camera escaped this incident with just a small dent, however if it was a plastic bodied Rebel or it hit on the lens chances are either would be fubar'd.


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Jul 19, 2010 14:01 |  #34

A metal body probably would have been permanently dented. :)




  
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Jul 19, 2010 14:14 |  #35

MrWho wrote in post #10561188 (external link)
Glad everything's ok, this is the third time I've seen a helmet go flying off during a jump with a camera attached. Also weird you should mention the Sony, there's a video of a 3500 foot drop (I think it was) of a Handycam on Sony's blog, entire video uploaded uncut.

Link? I'd be interested.


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Jul 19, 2010 14:26 |  #36

THAT is impressive.




  
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Jul 19, 2010 14:34 |  #37

Roona99 wrote in post #10559844 (external link)
I cut away my main chute and open the reserve chute. ;)

So your camera was OK, but how much did those new pants cost? :lol:

Awesome story! Thanks for sharing.


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Jul 20, 2010 02:03 |  #38

The Helmet save your camera and lens :)


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Jul 20, 2010 02:10 |  #39

pixelhack wrote in post #10565188 (external link)
A metal body probably would have been permanently dented. :)

I don't believe magnesium bends but rather breaks and is a fairly brittle metal when it comes to impacts.

part of the great thing with some plastics is they are designed to bend, flex, and give a little bit which helps absorb some of the stress rather then just shattering.


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Jul 20, 2010 02:31 |  #40

rx7speed wrote in post #10568968 (external link)
I don't believe magnesium bends but rather breaks and is a fairly brittle metal when it comes to impacts.

part of the great thing with some plastics is they are designed to bend, flex, and give a little bit which helps absorb some of the stress rather then just shattering.

Magnesium is certainly more brittle compared to metals such as steel and titanium, however camera bodies aren't pure magnesium but rather an alloy. They do indeed dent as I've found out.


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Jul 20, 2010 06:51 |  #41

An xxD at about 1.5 times the mass or a 1D at about 3x the mass might have done worse unless the body is that much stronger as the terminal velocity is probably 2-4 times faster. The helmet likely helped in this case and the spinning definitely helps as an unstable spin slows it down (it is simple a method used to recover rocket parts). The other Rebel came down without a helmet though things like camera straps will act like a streamer to slow it down, another cheap recovery method compared to chutes.

The plastic body is strong but hitting soft ground and trees is probably the key. I'm sure if it had hit a paved road or parking lot you wouldn't have been so lucky.


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Jul 20, 2010 07:07 |  #42

dmo580 wrote in post #10565266 (external link)
Link? I'd be interested.

http://blog.discover.s​onystyle.com …-skydiver-4500-feet-later (external link)

And I stand corrected, 4500 feet :)


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Jul 20, 2010 09:29 |  #43

You may not need a new camera, but I bet you needed new pants!

If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings! Fantastic pics mate.....


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Jul 20, 2010 10:09 |  #44

Great story, happy for you !

Now let's talk about "better build" of XXD bodies...


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Jul 20, 2010 11:09 |  #45

Amazing!

Canon and SamYang,. Built to take the fall!


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