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How much abuse can a DSLR take? (Durability)

 
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Feb 20, 2013 10:26 |  #16

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When you're out running border patrols, don't leave it on top of the jeep and drive away. It definitely won't survive crashing to the pavement at the first turn. Trust me, I know this from experience.:oops:

Serves you right for 'outrunning' the border patrol;)




  
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Feb 20, 2013 11:23 |  #17

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Is the 7D and 60D the same build?

Here's a Rebel.....
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The 60D is between the Rebel and the 7D.


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Feb 20, 2013 11:34 |  #18

kfreels wrote in post #15631880 (external link)
Here's a Rebel.....
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=D1tTBncIsm8 (external link)

The 60D is between the Rebel and the 7D.

I wonder if any of these cameras were re-sold as "New"........ lol


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Feb 20, 2013 12:36 |  #19

sandpiper wrote in post #15631630 (external link)
I would change that to "you may need to ...." . Saying that you will need to is stating that it will need service after every single knock. I fully agree that a lens can take internal damage without showing any signs externally, but that isn't automatically going to be the case. My lenses have had lots of knocks and (so far, touch wood) have not had any elements knocked out of place.

You definitely could knock nails in with a 1Dx, digital rev knocked nails in with a rebel in one of their durability test videos. Of course, they were not using big nails and a hard wood like mahogany. I have to confess that I was once hanging a picture and needed to knock a tack into the wall and didn't have a hammer handy, I looked around for something suitable to bang it in with and the only thing that came to hand was my trusty 5Dc. It did a good job [It was a lathe and plaster wall, so not too hard to drive the tack in].

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It's pretty obvious where to draw the line just from using common sense. If nothing is rattling inside, and a shot of a brick wall shows equal amounts of focus at each corner, there's nothing wrong then.


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Feb 20, 2013 18:56 |  #20

AJ153 wrote in post #15630454 (external link)
Well I'm a hobbyist photographer, and I just got a 60D (my first). I have a mild OCD, and think minor events would ruin things. I dont really care about the outside cosmetics of my camera. Its a tool, I don't want to baby it too much, cos all I care about is using it take good pictures. I do care about the inside mechanics, makeing sure its the best it can be. Can the 60D withstand small accidents like light bumps/hits onto walls,poles,doors? [/I]

I slipped on some ice and landed so hard on my camera (Xsi) that my ribs hurt for 2 weeks, but the camera was fine. Couple of chips in the plastic, but I could never see anything wrong with the pictures. So dropping a camera a foot and half, or bumping it, should be nothing.


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Feb 20, 2013 19:03 |  #21

Let's see...I've had a 40d come off the lens, while carrying my rig on a shoulder strap and fall 2-ish feet onto concrete, had my 7D top LCD fill completely with water and been thrown from a snowmobile @ 30mph, while wearing my 7D on a shoulder clip on my backpack and they both still work fine. I don't suggest DOING any of these things, and it's best to try and avoid extreme stress on the equipment; but, they really are more durable than one usually thinks :)


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Feb 20, 2013 22:05 |  #22

In other words, they are pretty darned rugged. But there is always that small chance that when dropped or whatever it will hit in just the wrong way at just the wrong time to cause some bad damage. So just use it. Use it wherever you think you need it. Don't pass on great shots because you fear damaging the camera. But be as careful as possible with it as you use it to limit the risk.


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Feb 21, 2013 13:49 |  #23

The 60D is pretty resilient in my 14 months with it.

It has been completely soaked in rain twice during football season here in FL, and aside from it needing to dry out overnight it works perfect. Pretty impressive, really.


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Feb 21, 2013 23:32 |  #24

sandpiper wrote in post #15631196 (external link)
I haven't got a 60D, but I had a 20D which survived 6 years of abuse very well, including regular bumps into walls, poles, doors, other cameras and the floor. It also survived a few drops as well, onto a variety of surfaces (some hard) from various heights up to several feet. It's replacement, a 40D has now had about 18 months of such treatment, my 5Dc has had about 7 years of it and my new 5D III is getting it too. None of these cameras ever broke.

Typically, I will have two cameras with me, often thrown over the same shoulder so they bang together as I am walking. The one not in use is usually swinging free as I shoot, so takes knocks.

In short, I don't baby my gear in the slightest. I am not recommending that you throw your gear around, after all the next hit one of mine takes could catch it at a bad angle and it could be toast. I am just saying don't worry about every little bump...

That sounds pretty much like my gear

RDKirk wrote in post #15631217 (external link)
...Consider the body about as durable as a cell phone in a plastic cell phone case, lenses about as durable as a cell phone without a case.

Good analogy


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Feb 22, 2013 16:43 as a reply to  @ philwillmedia's post |  #25

Well I guess I was the unlucky one.- Last June I knocked my 40D out the car door onto a gravel driveway and it died. Insurance paid for it and I now have a 60D......... Guess it just depends on how it lands.


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Feb 23, 2013 07:59 |  #26

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I really like that analogy... Thanks from a new 7D owner...

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Don't know too many cell phones with this type of body.It's pretty robust, i've tripped and landed with my full weight on it.(300) I got up thinking i had broken it. I don't think it actually did anything except get it dirty. I was probably in more danger with the lens getting scratched.

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Feb 23, 2013 10:52 |  #27

rawshooter wrote in post #15643018 (external link)
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Don't know too many cell phones with this type of body.It's pretty robust, i've tripped and landed with my full weight on it.(300) I got up thinking i had broken it. I don't think it actually did anything except get it dirty. I was probably in more danger with the lens getting scratched.

Except that even with that kind of body, if it happens to hit just the wrong way, it will still be toast. People don't normally baby their cell phones, nor do they need to baby their cameras to any greater extent. But at the same time, it's not a hockey puck.




  
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Feb 26, 2013 09:52 |  #28

RDKirk wrote in post #15643456 (external link)
But at the same time, it's not a hockey puck.

You just gave me a great idea for a timed exposure... :lol:


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Feb 26, 2013 21:25 |  #29

I have seen a video with a 7D... frozen in a block of ice, set on fire and throw down a long flight of stairs and still worked and even took nice images. Camera looked like toast but still clicked away.


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Feb 27, 2013 00:55 |  #30

crimsonblack wrote in post #15656151 (external link)
I have seen a video with a 7D... frozen in a block of ice, set on fire and throw down a long flight of stairs and still worked and even took nice images. Camera looked like toast but still clicked away.

See the #2 post...


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