Durability tests are usually good fun to watch. Some make you marvel at the science that goes into the testing and measuring to see just what kind of punishment the gear can handle. Others make you think “Oh, what’s Kai destroying this week?”
This one from the Hydraulic Press Channel, is a little more blunt than most durability tests, and it’s over pretty quickly. Needless to say, everything ultimately failed, although the Nikon won on minor points.
Sadly, the world is now a Nikon FA and a Canon AE-1 short, but I think we might be able to forgive them just this once. It’s one of those cognitive dissonance things.
I did find it quite interesting how solid the glass in that Canon FD 70-150mm f/4.5 lens seemed to be. I don’t think it’s very good from an optical standpoint, any more, but I expected it to shatter into dust. Lens technology has come a long way since then, so I can only imagine how modern glass compares.
If you were thinking of switching out your SLR/DSLR for a compact camera, this is certainly one way, although I wouldn’t advice it. There are definitely less painful methods out there!
It got me thinking, though. There have been some absolutely amazing cameras produced over the years, but there have also been some ridiculous duds. What terrible cameras from history (or the present) would you like to see die a horrible death in the hydraulic press? Let us know in the comments.
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