My old box camera

Discussion in 'Photography' started by PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 21, 2013.

  1. Did anyone else have a Brownie box camera that used 620 film?

    I *almost* dropped my new Canon camera yesterday from a great height,
    due to the weather. I was reminded of a similar event over 40 years ago,
    but without the 'almost'.
    The box camera fell between 700 and 800 feet down a craggy mountainside.
    I still have it. It has dents and scratches but it still works.

    Would any modern camera survive such a fall?
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 21, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, May 21, 2013
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  3. Sure.

    Consumer cameras probably wouldn't, of course.

    Ruggedized consumer cameras might stand a good chance.

    Special cameras built to survive crashes ... well, how much
    do you want to spend? If you want (and have enough money),
    you can get a camera that falls from space and works after
    arrival on whatever place you choose.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 21, 2013

    Gerrit Guest

    Witnessed the dropping of a Pentax (film) SLR a number of years ago.
    A mere 4 feet.
    Lens shattered.
    Horrible sound when it fell onto a concrete floor while sheltering from the
    rain in Quebec.

    Gerrit - Oz
    Gerrit, May 21, 2013

    philo  Guest

    I still have my first digital camera...
    a Kodak DC240 (1MP)

    I have dropped that thing several times on concrete and it just bounced
    harmlessly...not even so much as a scratch
    philo , May 21, 2013

    Whiskers Guest

    I think I still have it, somewhere. Luxury model, with 'instant' and
    'bulb' shutter settings and a slider to bring the 'portrait' lens into
    One of my first 'really serious' cameras was a second-hand Leica M2 with
    21mm lens; the camera top-plate had a large dent, the lens-hood was also
    battered and there was a wood-screw helping to keep it in place, and the
    optical parts of the accessory view-finder were smashed - but both camera
    and lens were perfectly functional.
    Whiskers, May 21, 2013

    sid Guest

    you'd be suprised.....

    sid, May 21, 2013

    Alan Browne Guest

    Yep - as a kid about 10 yrs old I received one (used). I ran about 10
    rolls through it over a year or so (getting dad to pay for processing
    wasn't easy).
    Some do, some don't. A friend was trekking in the Himalayas and someone
    dropped their Nikon (IRRC) pretty much as you describe above. The lens
    was toast but the camera worked fine (Mind you - this may have been an
    F5 which is a bit on the hard-to-destroy side unless you have a Minolta
    Maxxum 9 to use as a hammer).
    Alan Browne, May 21, 2013

  9. I'm astonished! Has that (the falling from space thing) actually happened?
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 26, 2013
  10. These examples are quite impressive.
    I've seen a fairly indestructible phone camera, but that wasn't really
    what I was thinking about. A boastful tourist said his phone was
    unbreakable. We were in a bar. One guy tried to flush it down the
    toilet and another ran over it on his motorbike. It survived.

    I won't be testing my new camera for shockproofness. I'm more concerned
    about dustproofness, if that's a word. This can be a dusty old place
    when the wind blows.

    I read a few reviews of the SX50 which said it was slow. I've never
    used a comparable camera for long enough to appreciate the difference.
    I think that my problem is that I'm slow. Do you guys keep your camera
    in the case when you're out walking? Should I be concerned about dust
    getting inside (my laptop is covered in dust after a few days and my
    binoculars have dust inside)?
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 26, 2013

    Savageduck Guest

    Regarding dust, there are several things to consider;
    Environment; the most important aspect of which is going to be wind.
    Wind can get dust into your DSLR even if it doesn't seem particularly
    dust out there.
    In windy conditions, or even in some light breeze conditions, you
    should take care when changing lenses, taking actions such as
    protecting the change by turning your back to the wind keeping the DSLR
    in your lee. Know the mechanics of the lens change keeping the open
    DSLR face down, or turned in towards your body. In the worse case
    scenario there are three things you can do when considering a lens
    change, seek shelter, carry a change bag (a pillow case works well), or
    give up on the lens change and carry an extra body.

    Lens type; Lens choice can be an issue, many zoom lenses can act as a
    bellows, pumping air and dust into the camera body. Not all are created
    equal, some have very good sealing and can do well in most conditions.

    As far as bagging the camera while walking, only if you have no
    intention of shooting any photos. Generally my camera is ready, that is
    what the strap is for. My bag contains my extra lenses and other
    goodies which I might need for a particular day. However, mostly I will
    only be carrying my camera and a general purpose, walk-around lens such
    as an 18-200mm which negates the need for a lens change, and potential
    dust exposure.

    Then, as a DSLR owner, it is always useful to familiarize yourself with
    sensor cleaning techniques, at minimum get yourself a Giotto's "Rocket"
    Savageduck, May 26, 2013
  12. Several places, actually. OK, they cheat a lot, they use
    things like heat shields, parachutes, airbags, retro rockets and
    the like.

    But then they've gotta put the controlling circuity, the radio,
    the antenna, the power supply, the pointing system for the
    camera and the structure holding it all together and standing
    in the right place up there too, to make any sense.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 28, 2013

    Whiskers Guest

    I think there was a rumour that one of the NASA astronauts dropped a
    Hasselblad while on a 'space walk' in orbit. Unless it's in a very stable
    orbit, it has probably burned up or drifted off by now. (Amusing to think
    of some intelligent being millions of years into the future on some distant
    planet getting his car bodywork bashed by a very tough piece of
    Swedish-German engineering excellence). Some were left on the moon, too.
    Whiskers, May 28, 2013

    Savageduck Guest

    Hassies weren't the only cameras to take those NASA rides.
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    < cameras and NASA.html >
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    So, if one was lost on a space walk the odds are that it was on of
    those modified 35mm Nikons. I just can't see a Linhof 105x120mm going
    on an ETA.
    Savageduck, May 29, 2013
  15. You think they don't plan to arrive on time? Or do you think
    they don't go on extraterrestrial activities?

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 29, 2013

  16. Thanks for the advice. I was a little concerned, but I'll have it
    around my neck from now on, barring dust storms, of course. No
    lens-changing possible/needed with this one.
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 30, 2013
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