Hey all, I just wanted to write about a situation that happened to me last month when I was shooting at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, CA.
I had walked down the cliff line until I found a nice spot overlooking a long crevice in the rocks. I set up my tripod and took a couple shots and since I had arrived quite a bit before sunset I figured I'd bust out the 10-stop ND I had in my bag and see how that would work with this subject.
When I turned back around, my camera and tripod were gone. They had blown over, off the cliff. My camera and tripod fell about 8-10 feet and landed buried in some sand. I was horrified at what may lay in store for me when I climbed down to assess the situation, but was happy to see that a) my camera still worked, and b) for the most part, the seals held up and kept sand out of the most important areas. The one issue I had was a grain of sand got lodged in the trash button port, but this didn't happen until the following day when I tried to extract it myself.
The positive: I was able to still use my camera for a great sunset/twilight session and I wasn't forced to have to replace my electronic friend. Thank you, Nikon. Here's some samples I took within an hour after the fall: