Sturdiest damn digital camera with compact flash and ni-mh batteries!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Whacky Blacky, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. What is the most rugged consumer digital camera with cf and ni-mh
    batteries?

    I've broken the battery door on my Nikon, the slider door on my
    Olympus, the over the lens shutter of the Canon, even the pop-up flash
    of my 35mm EOS and electrical switches on my Minolta 7000 SLR. (I've
    got a box filled with broken cameras and camera bodies and lenses, all
    purchased new - is there any value to this on the open market?). ;)

    Point is, I'm rough on cameras (they get wet, they get mudbrody, they
    get dusty, dew condenses on them, they get backpacked, they get warmed
    in the trunk, they get dropped, ... in short ... I use my cameras.

    Having said that, I have not found a single camera that can withstand
    the abuse. The two Nikons were especially dissapointing as I paid mondo
    dollars because I "thought" professional models held up better than
    consumer models. I've been found wrong.

    When I go to the dpreview or other web sites, I don't see anywhere
    where they test the "ruggedness" of the camera. Of course, they say
    they "feel" sturdy (that's what they said about my Minolta 7000 which
    weights a ton and broke down within the first year).

    I even tried an underwater camera. Guess what broke it? The pumice
    cliffs in Santorini Greece. Sheesh. Can't a camera hold up to normal
    wear and tear?

    I'd be happy with a camera that lasts more than a year (that's about my
    average). Yes, of course, most people I know are downright dainty with
    their cameras so they can't even understand what I'm asking for. I
    understand that. For example, I've never hit my kids in their lives but
    when I try to explain to another parent not to bash their kid around,
    they look at me like my use model is outmoded or something.

    Same with cameras. So, I do know that very very very very few of you
    are rough on your camera equipment ... but ... if there is ANYONE out
    there like I am (who uses a camera and doesn't baby the thing) ... I'd
    pay a premium for a camera built like a humvee ... hopefully one with
    AA batteries like my ancient Minolta and AE1 of days of lore ... and
    hopefully with type I compact flash media which is decidedly more
    sturdy than anything else out there in the digital marketplace.

    Does a sturdy digital camera actually exist that I won't break in a
    year?
     
    Whacky Blacky, Jun 17, 2005
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    Celcius Guest

    A camera is like a woman: if you take care of it, it goes a long way ;-)))
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Jun 17, 2005
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    Rick Guest

    That's not use.

    Buy disposable.
     
    Rick, Jun 17, 2005
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  4. Buy a set of AA batteries and several cheap cameras that use them.
    Forget rugged, think replaceable.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Jun 17, 2005
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    Mike Henley Guest

    What events usually break the cameras? Do they break in your hands
    while using them, or in other instances? If the latter, then perhaps
    what you need is simply some generous padding like that offered by the
    lowepro bags, and if need be, have a bag-in-bag, like the russian
    nesting dolls. This reminds me of the eggs anecdote from The Fog of
    War.

    I personally don't think much about my devices, and that's because from
    the very first day I purchase a suitable padding and encase them in it.
    My camera has its lowepro bag, my PDA has it Krussel case and LCD
    protectors, and so on. And all look as unblemished as a new item
    despite my usage. There are even casing products that protect the
    device while it is being used and don't require their removal.

    Another thing to consider is a neck strap; that'll drastically reduce
    the chances of cameras being accidentally dropped.

    If they break in your fingers, which I must say sounds odd, then
    perhaps the safest and ultimately easiest solution is to learn to
    handle them more gently. It's not impossible, it's probably just a
    habit.
     
    Mike Henley, Jun 17, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    That goes beyond use, add "ab" as a prefix, and you've about got it.
    "Pro" compacts aren't really, they just give better results than "consumer"
    level compacts, which are different from DSLRs.
    If cliffs had anything to do with your cameras' demise, then you need to
    rethink how you're carrying them, using them and protecting them.
    Most of the DSLR bodies are as rugged as the AE-1, even the lowly Rebel, but
    the electronics inside are much more sensitive. BTW, the AE-1 didn't use
    AAs for body power, but I've forgotten what the little critter behind the
    door was...
    The Canon 1D mkII and Nikon D2x should be rugged enough for your usage, but
    watch for impacts on lenses and, again, the electronics are the main
    Achilles heel on impacts with those high level bodies. And you will
    definitely pay a premium, $4000 for the body, from $400 to $1500 for lenses.
     
    Skip M, Jun 17, 2005
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  7. Not digital, but you'll have a hard time destroying a Nikon F/F2/FM/FE2,
    ect... But if you MUST be digital, well tough luck!
     
    Chris Loffredo, Jun 17, 2005
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    Bob Ward Guest

    Even more sturdy: Argus C3 - think of a brick with a lens.
     
    Bob Ward, Jun 17, 2005
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    Craig Flory Guest

    If you had not said "digital" I would have suggested a Speed Graphic with
    4"x5" film holders and flash bulbs. You are using electronic gear now and
    not film cameras that had no batteries or circuitry. Every one of my fellow
    profesionals handle their digital cameras as if made of fragile glass. By
    the way ... what the heck is mudbrody mean ??? In my 57 years on this earth
    I've never heard that word before.

    Craig Flory
     
    Craig Flory, Jun 17, 2005
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    PaPaPeng Guest

    Ever though of buying one of those scuba housings for your NIKONs?
    That should take care of the abuse. Or else build your own armor
    camera housing.
     
    PaPaPeng, Jun 17, 2005
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  11. Look at ruggedized digital cameras:

    http://digitalcameras.engadget.com/entry/1376274416226938/

    Or these people can make you one...

    http://www.retrievertech.com/index.htm

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    John A. Stovall, Jun 17, 2005
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  12. Yes. A Google search of, "mudbrody" turned up nothing...
     
    William Graham, Jun 17, 2005
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    The Real Bev Guest

    Roll back and electronic flash. Maybe a baby SG. More efficient in terms of
    speed and weight. They also make nice defensive weapons. The bad part is
    that they aren't particularly neckstrappable, although I guess it could be
    done. Whoever thought that a wrist strap (like current digicams, not like the
    SG strap) for a camera was a good idea should be horsewhipped.
    It's clear that he CAN'T baby his camera. Some of us are like that. We start
    out with the best of intentions and end up losing our balance and smashing
    something expensive or painful.
    Maybe a variant of "grody" involving mud?
     
    The Real Bev, Jun 18, 2005
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    vixen28 Guest

    Hi there!
    I have been using Olympus for some time. My current Olympus is c-7oo
    ultra Zoom.(10X)(n-m hy batteries) I love Olympus. Best thing I could
    advise is you don't pay full price for a new camera but get a rebuilt.
    The Olympus rebuilts are done by the factory and mine is one
    (rebuilt)and holding up well (for about 2 years now). But I do keep it
    strapped to me when in use and try to take care of it, but I won't lose
    as much monetarily should I goof up and drop it in the ocean or some
    such.
    For some shots taken with my camera, go to
    http://www.pollytravels.com/Pollytravels.html The most recent taken
    with this newest camera are the Willie Nillie pages (Pics of my yorkie
    and his sister Sophie)
    Hope that helps
    Vixen
     
    vixen28, Jun 18, 2005
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    karoniconia Guest

    Not any more! :)
     
    karoniconia, Jun 18, 2005
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    Rod Speed Guest

    You shouldnt take photos when blotto, silly.
     
    Rod Speed, Jun 18, 2005
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    BigEd Guest

    It would seem that Wacky Blacky is the sort of fellow who should get a
    sketch pad and take some drawing lessons. In my fifty sum plus years of
    photography I have only run into two other persons like this. When you
    consider the places National Geo Photographers have taken Nikon F2,3,4's
    over the years without getting them "mudbrody", and producing great
    photos. Like the great photographer once said it isn't the equipment it
    is the person behind the equipment that produces a great photo. Forty
    years ago a friend in a large camera club in a major mid west city would
    shoot rings around 98% of the others and all he used was an old
    Rolliecord, while others were using the best of what was currently
    available. This is simply a case of someone very much untalented in this
    regard.

    Ed
     
    BigEd, Jun 18, 2005
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  18. Yeah....It still does:

    Did you mean: midbody




    No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found.

    Your search - mudbrody - did not match any documents.

    Suggestions:

    - Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
    - Try different keywords.
    - Try more general keywords.
     
    William Graham, Jun 18, 2005
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  19. what about the lenses?
    do you break those too?
     
    death skunk five, Jun 18, 2005
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  20. Look, you're just too hard on the damned cameras.

    Scare up a Kodak DC5000, a ruggedized 2 MP camera that's
    water-resistant and uses 4 AA batteries and CF cards. Not state of the
    art, but it's got the best chance of withstanding the punishment you're
    dishing out.

    -Cardamon Dave
     
    Cardamon Dave, Jun 18, 2005
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