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I will pass along a story Iâ€™m not real proud of but it is a testament to the bombproof bodies Nikon makes and to perhaps ease some of the fears that people have about the delicacy of DSLRâ€™s.
Itâ€™s February, cold and clear maybe 10 or 15 degrees, Iâ€™m hanging off a cliff, 50 feet up on a fixed rope bundled up in big gloves and an even bigger down jacket. Waiting for Jared Ogden to make his way up some horrendous mixed rock and ice climb, I reach back and pull my hood on, at the same time oblivious to the fact that Iâ€™m pulling my camera strap over my head as well. I watched in horror as my D70 and 17-55mm lens rockets to the unforgiving rocks and dirt below, I managed to mutter a warning to the climbers below. My camera now just a blur, barely missed a friend watching everything unfold. I stared in shock at the body and lens lying on the frozen dirt, snow and rocks. As I made my way back to the bottom of the cliff I saw the twinkling of the LCD. â€œNo, this canâ€™t be, itâ€™s not in a million pieces!â€ I fully expected to see a cloud of black plastic and glass spread around a small crater. Still somewhat dazed, I gingerly reached down and slowly turned it off and back on again, removed the lens and gently worked the shutter, and then continued to shoot the rest of the day. I didnâ€™t even crack the filter. Call it divine intervention, dumb luck or just good Japanese design and craftsmanship, I like it and probably wonâ€™t ever change brands.
The image above is a shot of Jared minutes after I dropped my camera.
Â© Joe Klementovich
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