Readers Viewpoint: This week- Joe Klementovich

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I will pass along a story I’m not real proud of but it is a testament to the bombproof bodies Nikon makes and to perhaps ease some of the fears that people have about the delicacy of DSLR’s.

It’s February, cold and clear maybe 10 or 15 degrees, I’m hanging off a cliff, 50 feet up on a fixed rope bundled up in big gloves and an even bigger down jacket. Waiting for Jared Ogden to make his way up some horrendous mixed rock and ice climb, I reach back and pull my hood on, at the same time oblivious to the fact that I’m pulling my camera strap over my head as well. I watched in horror as my D70 and 17-55mm lens rockets to the unforgiving rocks and dirt below, I managed to mutter a warning to the climbers below. My camera now just a blur, barely missed a friend watching everything unfold. I stared in shock at the body and lens lying on the frozen dirt, snow and rocks. As I made my way back to the bottom of the cliff I saw the twinkling of the LCD. “No, this can’t be, it’s not in a million pieces!” I fully expected to see a cloud of black plastic and glass spread around a small crater. Still somewhat dazed, I gingerly reached down and slowly turned it off and back on again, removed the lens and gently worked the shutter, and then continued to shoot the rest of the day. I didn’t even crack the filter. Call it divine intervention, dumb luck or just good Japanese design and craftsmanship, I like it and probably won’t ever change brands.

The image above is a shot of Jared minutes after I dropped my camera.

© Joe Klementovich
www.klementovichphoto.com

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