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Nikon D3 hail torture *updated*

A slow news day, I hope you enjoy this video:

Update: few more Nikon torture videos:

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  • NoFunBen

    but can it take a direct hit by lightning?
    or molten lava from a volcano?

    or the blendtec blender does it blend test!

  • John

    Onslaught of nikon cameras hit eBay…

  • James E. Donahue

    Hail is kind of small.

  • Jake

    WTF… Desecrating a piece of art!!

  • http://dundermifflin.com dwight schrute

    Peter, you should add this video from DigitalRev. The title says D90, but it’s actually a D70.

    • http://dundermifflin.com dwight schrute
    • broxibear

      Hi dwight schrute,
      Some of the videos Kai makes are hillarious…I don’t care what they’re about half the time, they’re just so funny.

  • Mike Devonport

    People need a good kick in the butt. Why would any person submit their camera equipment too the extreme weather, just to prove appoint. People have rocks in their heads. They have too much time on their hands or they have too much money to play with. If I had Nikon D3s I would respect the camera, not destroy it.

    • Yan

      Ah the Typical i am so much better comment.

      • Mike Devonport

        To Yan & Preston,

        Looks like I hit a nerve. GOOD!! To Preston comment: “I am very thankful that some people do this so that it gives me a better idea how much I can realistically expect these cameras to be able to take”. Preston do you not think that Nikon, test their cameras? For example: electronics, gears, housing and seals on the D3s. Do you believe Nikon, when they tell you that D3s. is water sealed and would you believe them? If yes, why would you stand by this person who shot the video? If no, why are you using Nikon equipment? Nikon stand behind their equipment and I believe them. I been a loyal Nikon user for the last 17 years.

        To your next statement “You have absolutely no idea what these people do for a living or how much money they have – it is not a sin to have too much money (that’s assuming they spent personal money on the camera), so there is no reason to conclude that they have rocks in their heads”. Yes, I do not know how much a people have in wealth. But when I see a person deliberately putting their camera at risk, tells me that this person has lots of money.

        To give you example how much a Nikon D3s. cost in Japanese Yen: 441,000, in US/ Canadian dollars: 5,901 and the EUR’s 4,080. You tell me if this person has lots of money yes or no? I standby my first statement. This person has to much time, money and he or she does have rocks in their head.

    • preston

      Mike, please let me expand on Yan’s correct observation. It is a piece of equipment, not a pet. No need to get emotionally attached to it. I am very thankful that some people do this so that it gives me a better idea how much I can realistically expect these cameras to be able to take. You have absolutely no idea what these people do for a living or how much money they have – it is not a sin to have too much money (that’s assuming they spent personal money on the camera), so there is no reason to conclude that they have rocks in their heads. What you mean is, “It sure is interesting that everybody is different and has such unique motivations! Lord knows I wouldn’t choose to do that with my camera!” (yes, I’m assuming you’re religious since that is the primary reason for modesty being considered virtuous)

    • Just A Thought

      IMHO the video proves nothing short of letting the viewer know that the owner likely has more money than brains. He should have thrown the rig over the cliff a and then tested to see if it worked – would have at least gotten a more interesting video.

      Rumor mill must really be slow these days.

    • aetas

      Mike I agree with you. If someone is getting paid to test then more power to them. If someone is doing this just to show it can be done then thats just stupid. I dont run my car into walls to show the airbags really do work that well. oh and most people that argue just to argue are only trolling anyway. Some make point others just try to get arise out of people.
      ~cheers

  • PB PM

    I think I’d be more worried about the front element of the 14-24 f2.8 than the D3.

    • Geebee

      Exactly thinking the same :-)

      • DPC

        ditto – Plus I can’t imagine that any of those images came out if the lens had water on it..

  • Christian

    if you dont like your d3 anymore, dont do something like this … better send it to me instead ;)

  • benS

    Poor cameras :( imho That is no way to treat any of them. Those cameras should not go through that , but only when it is unavoidable or if the situation calls for it.

    Just google real-world experiences of photographers whose cameras were involved in accidents, harsh weather , etc and their camera survived. Im sure there are a lot out there.

  • JK

    Have you ever seen real hail? This is hardly snowing.

  • mdog

    I bet they are rentals….

  • Habitak

    I had used my Nikon D3 throughout a very rainy day. It was like taking a shower. After maybe 6 hours rain, the camera didn’t work properly anymore. I could shoot images but the red square in the viewfinder was jumping around, so I had to lock it. Two day’s later the problem disappeared. I sent it to Nikon and they had change a lot because of corrosion.

  • hah

    nice

  • D700guy

    The camera is weather proof, sure. But why risk the lens without a lens cove?

    • Yan

      I did felt the same way about the lens hehe. Maybe he ad a UV filter on ?

      • Mikael

        Nope, the 14-24 doesn’t have any filter threads, due to the bulbus front element.

  • LensShade

    Must be nice to have too much money.

    My 28-70 developed a high voltage short in the CPU. Fried the AF motor in the lens and the AF module in my F6. Nearly $800 to fix.

    This genius tries to trash more expensive gear than that. Guess using a fine camera to actually make pictures is too boring?

  • chuck

    This is nothing, too bad no one was filming me when my D700 flew out of my backpack at full run and hit the concrete from 6 feet up. could shoot 8fps, focus, take great images. Only thing busted was preview/delete button and the display.

    Was a nice execuse to get a D3s.

    Nikon rocks

  • David D

    I make a living with my Nikons. Whoever shot these videos most likely does not. I had to earn the money to buy my gear. I am impressed, but not in a good way….

    Perhaps the owner of the Nikon also has a Lamborghini. Could we see a video of him wrecking his car, please? Perhaps rolling it while holding the Nikon, or driving off a dock to show that the camera is “waterproof”. Or an Aston Martin, or a common old BMW, please? I am sure we would ALL be very impressed!

    • PanchoPantera

      “Perhaps the owner of the Nikon also has a Lamborghini. Could we see a video of him wrecking his car, please? Perhaps rolling it while holding the Nikon, or driving off a dock to show that the camera is “waterproof”. Or an Aston Martin, or a common old BMW, please? I am sure we would ALL be very impressed!”

      Neither of those cameras got ruined, it would be more like looking at at a convertible under a heavy rain.

      Once I was in the Iguaçu watterfalls and thanks to this videos i had the courage to stand in front of the waterfall and take some of the best shots of my life. Otherwise I woul’ve done as all the other guys and pack my camera insteado of shooting.

      Nikon stands for their equipment but have you ever seen a nikon video in nikon’s website actually showing how weather proof their stuff is?

      I think getting mad at this is like getting angry when going to the movies. They wreck and explode millions of dollars but that doesn’t seem to touch a nerve. And again none of the cameras here got ruined.

  • photonut

    recently, I was shooting low angle shots at the ocean with rocks in the foreground when a big wave rolled in … I was totally soaked, so was my D700. Wipped it off, works perfectly fine and hope there’s not going to be any slow corrosion happening

  • OverExposed

    That’s a punkout! People have stopped bullets with D3’s… If you’re going to rent a D3 on your daddy’s gold card… then go big or go home!!!

    • Scurvy hesh

      Really? Where did you hear that? I would like to see this

  • http://www.1984studios.com Mat

    That was some weeeek hail on that first video, My D7000 has taken a harder beating than that…

  • brad

    Why would you do that?!!

  • kevrev123

    So what?

    A camera is just a tool.

    A professional can afford to buy multiples.

    How many wedding photographers have more than 1 D3?

    It’s nothing.

    Also… insurance… it covers stuff.

  • http://www.alexfr.org AlexyFrangieh

    hehe i am the D3 torturer, and my lamburghini shows in the background, i will promise to publish the outcome in full HD if u want….gear is worth nothing if it won’t help you realise what you perceive…thanks for the interaction

  • http://www.to-mas.net To-mas

    I watched just first video so will comment just that.
    1.What is this about? That the D3 can take rain? WTF. My old canon 5D (not MKII) was able to shoot in hour long rain. This is normal,nothing interesting.
    This cameras are made to take some rain or somebody thinks that when its start to rain in the middle of the sport match all PJs stop shooting?
    I was shooting with D3 for 2.5 year everyday in press agency and this kind of weather happens once a while. Its nothing special. What they should show is how Nikons rubbers are going down every few months.
    2.It would be more interesting how that 12-24 lens is scratched now.
    3. All this ,,tests,, are nice that they show that the camera can shoot after that and that. But would be nice to see HOW its shoots after all that. AF misfocusing is common after some impacts.

  • http://cameratalk.xanga.com CameraTalk

    I find that deaf Nikon reviewer guy to be extremely un-likable, to put it nicely. Some of his torture tests are faked or mis-represented. I remember when he first started making videos a few years back and they just got more and more outlandish, I believe in one video a D3 got microwaved… Eventually I believe people found out that it was of course just a kid with a huge student loan at Brooks, or a parent’s credit card, or something. Either way, it pains me to see such nice cameras abused in such ridiculous ways.

    I’m a full-time professional and I bust my ass to earn my gear. Yes, I use it in harsh conditions and I’ve subjected my camera bodies to severe rain, dust / sand storms, freezing cold, etc. But only because I absolutely had to in order to get a job done, or at least because it was a calculated, careful risk for the reward of a truly great image.

    I know that people can do what they want with their money, but I at least reserve the right to voice my annoyance, whenever they “voice” their ludicrous tests.

    Even if a camera survives a brief spill of hot coffee, or a dunk in the rain or hose, and clicks a picture immediately afterward, that doesn’t mean that you haven’t SEVERELY shortened the life of the camera. Subjecting a camera to any kind of moisture breach will put the camera at significant risk of total failure at an unpredictable time. Which, for profeessional use, is completely un-acceptable. If my camera is ever subject to a serious impact, or soaking, etc. …I don’t care if it keeps shooting photos, it’s still going in for service ASAP, and will probably cost $100-300 for a calibration and check-up.

    The first review posted here, with the hail, is not really that offensive I guess. Maybe the photographer needed to create a time lapse or something? Although I didn’t see the camera working at the time.
    Respectfully,
    =Matt=

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