Casey Neistat Smashes Canon 70D With An Ax, Fails Anger Management

Jun 12, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Casey Neistat Smashes Canon 70D With An Ax, Fails Anger Management

Jun 12, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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When I get angry, I like to break things.  When I get very angry, I like to smash them to smithereens.  It’s like therapy – stuff-shattering therapy.  Granted, this hasn’t happened in a while…perhaps all that self therapy paid off in the long run.  But, regardless, I can identify with the urge to smash the crap out of anything that’s not working.

That is why I have empathy towards photographer and serial vlogger Casey Neistat who yesterday released a video in which he demolishes a Canon EOS 70D that was being temperamental and kept flashing the dreaded “Movie Has Been Stopped Automatically” error, prohibiting him from continuing to record.


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I’ve experienced this error before, and, as various online voices have stated, it was probably due to the card he was using rather than the camera itself.  While some claim that it’s because he was using a Transcend card instead of an oh-so-capable SanDisk, I can testify that I once had a brand new, just-formatted 32GB SanDisk Extreme card pull the same thing on me while filming behind-the-scenes footage for a shoot I was working on.  Frustrating indeed, so I highly question the claim that it was because of a particular brand.  Did I smash a camera when that happened?  No, but I did get the sudden urge to race online, post mountains of negative reviews, and scream at the seller demanding a replacement.  (Fortunately, I was nowhere near an Internet connection at the time.)

I assume it wasn’t much (if any) of a financial loss for Casey, so I really couldn’t care less whether he demolished the camera or sent it to a day spa in the Hamptons.  What I find hilarious about this video is the way that Casey, who has a habit of absent-mindedly leaving $13k-worth of camera gear in taxis, keeps referring to his video as a “movie.”  In the strictest sense of the word, I suppose he could be considered correct.  But a haphazard video of himself talking into a camera for a daily vlog is hardly something I’d spend my time to go see at a local film festival.  Potato, patahto, I know…but still.

Yet, despite this small setback, Casey was able to finish his “movie” and share it to the world for people to complain about and pick apart…so, if you think about it, I’m only fulfilling my cyber-given obligation.

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14 responses to “Casey Neistat Smashes Canon 70D With An Ax, Fails Anger Management”

  1. Mark I Williams M.D. Avatar
    Mark I Williams M.D.

    Gripper! #GiveMeAnAxe #FathersDay #TheNewHack

  2. Royston Kane Avatar
    Royston Kane

    Did you happen to do any research on this and learn that this camera has been acting up for more than a year with no fix from Canon?

    1. Wayne Palmer Jr. Avatar
      Wayne Palmer Jr.

      Problem fixed with an axe.

    2. Royston Kane Avatar
      Royston Kane

      Not sure why the lens had to go though? Thais the dramatic affect part I guess.

  3. Wayne Palmer Jr. Avatar
    Wayne Palmer Jr.

    Spends upwards of a $1000 for a camera kit but purchases a cheap $15 SD card when manual and website recommends appropriate cards to use. Then blames camera for malfunction. Makes sense.

    1. Mario Roberto Ruiz Avatar
      Mario Roberto Ruiz

      Not true, if you follow his vlog he said he bought the most expensive SD available

  4. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    Why would he do that? That looked like a perfectly good axe.

    ps.
    AXE, not AX! Correct the title!

    1. PJ Avatar
      PJ

      As much as it pains me, “ax” is a valid American spelling.

      1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
        Gvido Mūrnieks

        Learning something new everyday. :)

  5. Tom Medlock Avatar
    Tom Medlock
  6. Matt 'In-a Hat' MacDonell Avatar
    Matt ‘In-a Hat’ MacDonell

    For someone who can’t afford second hand gear, this is positively painful! Think of those why are still managing with a 350D before destroying kit with or without a supposed video fault!

  7. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Casey Niestat jumped the shark.

  8. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Don’t get me started on the 70D. Mine worked great for two years, then in the middle of a shoot it just froze and bricked itself. Totally out of the blue. Out of warranty so Canon wants to charge me to fix it. Bollocks.