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Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:15

How indestructible is your camera?

Written by Brendan Ihmig

After returning from a four week trip in Asia, in which I took around 3000 photos (yikes I know), I got home and wanted to shoot some closeups for blog posts. After getting the light box and fill lights setup, I realised that the test images where not as sharp as I would have liked and that there were some issues with the depth of field and general focusing. I immediate started frantically checking lenses, settings and everything that I though could be causing the issues. It was then that my wife reminded me that the camera had taken a fall in our hotel room.

As an amateur photographer with some pretty decent gear, it is a horror story in the making just thinking that my gear was damaged. The fall (from a chair to a carpeted floor) seemed inconsequential at the time, but now there was this looming possibility that it was enough to cause some damage. So, I did some Googling and to my suprise, the Canon 7D is rather indestructible.

I found this video posted by Digital Rev which has them put a Canon 7D through hell and surprisingly enough it kind of survived, albeit with some rather dramatic battle scars. You can watch their durability test video* below.

Canon 7D - Hardcore Durability Test

* Apologies for the language

Although the video seems almost too good to be true, either way, Canon (and I am going to presume other top photography gear brands) has focused its engineering and construction efforts in their higher-end cameras to ensure that the gear you own is up for the challenge and can take a few knocks and dings along the way. Here are some of the design notes taken from Canon's website regarding the 7D which enable it to be such a hardy and robust camera:

  • Magnesium alloy body covers with rubber grips
  • Weatherproof body with durable matte finish
  • Recommended operating conditions 0 – 40°C at 85% or less humidity

After realising that it was (most probably) not the camera body itself that was giving me issues, I decided to reset my camera and to review the manual. All seems in order now, fortunately!

How indestructible is your camera? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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