This Nikon D500 camera still works after getting destroyed by a German Shepherd named Rex



The Belgian photo store PCH sent me this story of a Nikon D500 camera being chewed by a German Shepherd named Rex. While some of the plastic is gone, the dog could not damage the magnesium alloy frame and the camera is still working as you can see in the video:

Another picture of the damaged camera - the D500 was brand new, it was purchased the day before:


The offender:

The Nikon D500 magnesium alloy frame:


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  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    certainly is dog bitten proof.

  • Rich P

    Hot dogs anyone?

  • now how do you claim that on the insurance form

    • David Weinehall

      “It was like that when I opened the box!”

  • Eno

    This is one tasty D500 camera (for Rex at least). :))

  • Alain

    Hopefully it hasn’t been “bitten” by a T-rex (tyrannosaurus)! I’m pretty sure the body wouldn’t have survived such an experience! 😉

  • Max

    the 16-80 also did ok.

  • ZZ

    At least the top and back LCD screens are still …. pristine ….

  • Art

    What’s the rest of the story? Did they get it replaced? How? Insurance? Nikon? Did the dog get constipation? Inquiring minds want to know….

    • Maybe the guys from PCH will chime in with the details.

    • Spy Black

      You wonder if that’s simpler to replace, or whether it’s cheaper to repair if repairable. That’s an out-of-pocket expense.

      The dog is probably homeless now…

  • BVS

    Never liked the hood on the 16-80 anyway. 🙂

  • Michiel953

    Was the dog put down?

    Gettin’ my coat… 😉

    • Piooof

      No, but he was photographed completely naked and his picture was posted on the net…

  • Rainier Zweers

    Once refurbished it will be sold in a doggybag.

  • T.I.M

    Last week I gave a hammer to my cat, still in one piece (the hammer).
    :o)

    • Farhad H.

      How about the cat? And the mice around?

  • Leslie Zwicker

    Maybe, being a German Shepherd, he leans more in favor of a Leica.

    • I live in Germany but there aren’t really much Leica fans around on the street. I have seen more Leica cameras when i was visiting Switzerland.

      • T.I.M

        Same here, the best French champagne is for rich Americans !

        • Leslie Zwicker

          I’m American, I’m not rich. By the way I lived in Germany fir 3 years, wonderful.

      • Brett A. Wheeler

        Just because something is the most expensive, doesn’t make it the best. There is a reason that for decades more pros have used Nikon or Canon than Leica: they’re better!

        • True but only the marketing department of Nikon is recently sleeping to translate this message into the public and to have more presence in social media about their products. You need to make people want their products.

        • The case with Leica is not about better or cheaper, its about a different way of taking pictures. I happened to like it, but others don’t and that’s ok. Obviously any photography of moving objects is out of the question for a Leica M camera, but shooting static objects with a Leica is fun, at least for me. I still use Leica as my travel camera. Are they overpriced? Of course they are.

          • Wouldn’t the Nikon Df create about the same experience if paired witch nice small primes?

            • Andrej Stern

              Not in any way. Shooting with a Leica M is completely different than shooting with a SLR

    • Mikycoud

      You mean Laika huh? Now that dog too had an objective in its life… (French pun) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c6d8f474b984d5452145b55fd9cb3d09da4bc7c0210e81f98e8e0dbb5511bed.jpg

      • Pk Bullock

        And they left him up there right?

        • Mikycoud

          Well, sorta… The dog died within hours and his remains orbited the globe for several months until sputnik 2 disintegrated into earth’s atmosphere in 1958. And Laika was just one of many dogs Russia attempted to send into space since 1951. Some dogs get to chew flagship nikon gear, some dogs get sent into space to their death. Every night and every morn, some to misery are born….

  • Philippe Desmyttere

    Never mess with Belgians 🙂

  • BayouBill

    Rex obviously wanted his owner to purchase a Canon.

  • decisivemoment

    New hood, new memory card door, new front and rear grip rubber….piece of cake. Or more accurately, a bag of treats.

  • William Dyer

    Should have named the dog, “Wrecks”.

  • TinusVerdino

    Do not love your camera more than your dog. It will notice and take extreme measures.

  • gly

    So we know the camera is dog proof, let wait a few days and see if the dog is camera proof.

  • Mike

    Well, in all fairness, the hood of that lens is too big anyway.

  • Dmitry Anisimov

    why didn’t the dog destroy LCD?

  • Martin Dahl

    My first thought where that the famous Leica lens designer Max Berek had a dog named Rex (hence SummaREX)…the irony in eating Nikkor lenses for breakfast 🙂

    • LOL, German dogs do not like Japanese cameras 🙂

  • FountainHead

    Enough with the dog-bites-camera stories.
    Give us a camera bites dog story!

  • EnPassant

    I see a market here for dog toys shaped like Nikon DSLRs!

  • zombietimeshare

    Rex! Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy. Here boy, here Rex, a treat, have some chocolate.

    • Brent Rawlings

      And a few onions with grapes on the side.

  • Brett A. Wheeler

    Rex, I’d send you on a one-way trip to North Korea!

  • Joe Howe

    Hate to see the shoes he’s chewed!

  • delta snowan

    So, uh.. yeah. RIP Rex.

  • Espen4u

    There’s a nice opening for Nikon, to make expensive chewing toys for dogs. Certainly an acquired taste.

  • TwoStrayCats

    I wonder what Rex’s vet bill was after having most of the lens shade removed from his bowels? It might have been more than the camera price…

  • Kreh

    Now they try ‘dog shaming’? How desperate are Nikon?

    (My dog does this and he’s going to the vet to have his nuts removed!)

  • saywhatuwill

    Where’s your camera? “My dog ate it.”

  • Manny Dhaliwal

    When a camera is full of B****h pics , what Rex supposed to do.

  • NursultanTulyakbay

    Ammo for a Nikon fanboy in a Canon forum, “Nikons even taste better than Canons”.

  • Andreas Vesper

    Normally, I‘m in the Saint Bernard business, but I keep the D500 away from that dog. You can destroy the alloy body of the D500 easily with a Tamron 150-600 G2 and a tripod… The Tamron survived easily, the D500 not… And don’t forget that the lens mount is plastic behind the metal ring.

  • Piooof
  • waterengineer

    How does this happen? Seriously. This does not pass the smell test.

    • Andreas Vesper

      Dogs often only want to play. Last time a saw a photo of a bear dipping a D800e into a river.

  • RIT

    Only a GSD though, needs a BSD on it to do a proper job.

  • Pk Bullock

    My Pug ate my Nikon book. It actually happened. To me, right up there with, “my dog ate my homework.”

  • Farhad H.

    Hmmm, so I guess Adorama and B&H are going to sell bitter apple spray too.

  • Allan

    Nikon Rumor readers have a great sense of humor and are witty.

  • jondon

    Reminds me of the Leica Lenny Kravitz edition!
    Stick it in a fancy box and it will be worth a fortune on the collectors market!

  • Bob Newman

    ‘While some of the plastic is gone, the dog could not damage the magnesium alloy frame’
    The D500 doesn’t have a magnesium alloy frame, it has a Sereebo carbon fibre polymer frame just like every other Nikon except the D5.
    It has a mag alloy top and back plate.

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