The story of the smashed Nikon

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The story of the smashed Nikon
If you don’t like distressing imagery then I suggest you look away now, but if you have a strong stomach, or you are a Canon fan then check out this unfortunate story of mishap and broken camera equipment. Doug Steley has a story to tell, with sadness, loss and eventual joy. What a saga!

I am a volunteer firefighter here in Australia, as well as a semi retired professional photographer, we were training up some new recruit firefighters using a large controlled bonfire on a farm and a fire tanker.

During the practice, Someone who will remain nameless apparently moved my camera bag to get some chains and ropes from the back of my ute ( pickup truck ).

I later found that they had put the bag in some long grass beside my ute where the fully loaded 4 wheel drive fire tanker backed up and turned round.

I was actually happy that this happened to my backup kit ( yes I know it is a bad pun ) but I had my D700 with me and I would have been less impressed if the tanker had backed over that while I was holding it!!!

This was a Nikon D200 an older Nikkor 80-200 2.8 zoom and a Tokina 17mm ultra wide. I was quite amazed at just how solid and strong the lenses were.

Insurance covered the loss so I am currently looking for an ultra wide full frame Nikon mount option. ( if anyone has anything out there :-)

This is my very out of date

I now sell images on , the link to my alamy area is in grey under the photos if you care to have a look.

Cheers Doug Steley

Wow! What an epic mishap, but at least there is a silver lining that came from it. What a way to go though, getting squashed by a fire truck, better than slowly dying on a shelf in my opinion. Still, it makes me wince a little bit to see the lenses battered and squashed.

Have you got a smashed camera story? Why don’t you share it with us in the comments.

8 Responses to The story of the smashed Nikon

Greg Williamson July 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

Back in 70s I dropped an Olympus OM-1 down a cave. It slipped out of my improperly fastened backpack and fell down a shaft about 15 metres, landing on rocks and then rolling a further 5 metres or so down the rock pile.

It was a sickening feeling. It took me another 20 minutes or so to get to where the camera had come to rest. It had landed on it’s top, and had been cushioned a little by the ever-ready case. The plastic lens cap had been driven through the filter, but no damage to the lens. The top was dented badly and the light-meter had stopped working.

It cost about AU$120 back then to get it fixed – a lot of money in those days. It gave many years of service though after that, in fact it is still working just fine today.

Alfie November 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Ultra-wide for FX Nikon? Tamron 14mm f/2.8

Great quality, much cheaper than any Nikon 14mm and in 99% of situations, as good optically.

Got a pack of stories like this one of yours.. all old-days gear stories mind you. Medium format backs in rivers, large format camera in a river once… all fine, film was all fine too.

Had the D700 and 50mm f.12 Ai in the sea the other week… got two waves right into the camera. All still fine. :-)

Peter May 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I was in a shop just an hour ago picking up my new D600. The customer next to me was buying a new tripod and I heard him tell the sales assistant that his last one had dropped off a cliff into the sea……. and it had a borrowed XPan on it. Oops.

Xavier May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I was riding my bike to work with my Leica M6 in my bag and passed to close to a pole sign. I heard a huge bang and knew something went wrong. I stopped and checked my camera and saw no dents! Only a little brassing on the bottom cover (2mm). The pole had a large dent were it came in contact and even the rangefinder was perfectly fine! I tell you, leica m6 = Russian tank!


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