Look at the Pentax K30, it's weather and dust sealed, and would be a
step up from your mid-level D5000. As you seem to be using the lower end
plastic mount lenses, you aren't getting any real cachet of metal mount
Nikkor glass. And please don't drop som many lenses...
I take my camera, and usually a few lenses, everywhere I go. It goes
with me nearly every time I leave the house. I'm an old guy too, but
in pursuit of photographs, fun, or curiosity I still climb over fences
and walls, up trees and cliffs, paddle up streams, etc..
I can't afford to buy rugged gear, so I ruggedise it myself. In other
words, I carry everything in individual padded bags, and all my camera
gear bags are also well padded. That works very well.
I have broken one camera and a couple of lenses when in use by my own
carelessness. I've learned by experience and either avoid doing those
things or do them with better protection against accidents.
I can't afford rainproof gear but I like shooting in the rain. So I
use camera raincoats. Beach sand is a big nuisance so I've developed
handling procedures which keep it out of my camera. Condensation is
scary, so I've learned how it works and how to combat it.
If you can't afford or can't get a rugged enough camera you need to
ruggedise it and your methods of using it yourself. Since you're still
alive you've obviously learned how to keep yourself safe and
reasonably comfortable. What's the problem in taking the same attitude
to your camera gear?
Interesting. Thanks for the information. I have LOTS of broken plastic
Nikon & Canon & Olympus cameras & lenses I could potentially sell on Ebay
Barely used. Like new. Only broken once. :)
On Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:45:38 -0400, tony cooper wrote:
I agree. A Nikon D5000 or Nikon D50 or Nikon D60 or Nikon CP5000 (all of
which I bought from Costco) would break the same as that camera from
My mistake for not being clear.
The cameras that Costco sells (for about $1,000 or so) are all plastic.
And the plastic is (apparently) the problem for someone like me who
simply takes a camera with him wherever he goes.
To be clear, I did try the waterproof cameras (yes, from Costco), and
quite a few of the little Olympus cameras, but the quality from those P&S
cameras was basically atrocious.
The Powershots lasted a while but even they had a bad fixed lens, so,
that's whey I moved to SLRs.
What I 'really' need is to fix what I have and then, when they're no
longer fixable, to buy the least expensive 'war camera' SLR out there.
Any suggestions on the least expensive STURDY! SLR?
On Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:53:32 -0400, tony cooper wrote:
I don't really know if a filter would have helped.
Here is a picture of the crack.
It's hard to see but it's a u-shaped crack in the relatively flat glass
on front of the lens. The marking on the lens say:
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Looking closely, there are also little tiny dots of what appears to be
the broken bits of glass scattered about. I can take a better picture if
you need more information.
I didn't 'see' the camera get dropped. The kids were taking pictures,
and, when I got the camera back, it had the spar. I didn't know who did
it and they didn't say. It was, of course, my fault for letting 10 year
olds use my camera ... but that's a foregone conclusion.
They were playing on boulders and snapping pictures so I can only assume
they dropped it (or swung it into the rocks).
That might be too much detail - but - I wonder - would a filter have
prevented this crack?
On Fri, 6 Jul 2012 20:36:25 +0000 (UTC), "Arklin K."
Is there a ding anywhere on the rim?
You really don't know. Now you're not even sure if the lens was
dropped. It could have been swung into something. If it was attached
to the body, the camera was unlikely to drop with the lens face first.
The weight of the body would cause it to rotate.
A filter in place would not have hurt, but may not have helped.
It doesn't make much difference at this point.
You could probably still have a usable lens if you fill the chip with
black India ink. This will reduce any flare caused by the chip &/or
This is somewhat simplified, but spells out the idea.
Not perfect, but one way to salvage a working lens out of one you are
about to write off.
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