What an SLR being cut in half by a 60,000psi water jet looks like
Destruction is always entertaining, but sometimes it’s useful, too. It can show us how things work on the inside. Cutting cameras and lenses in half is commonplace for manufacturers. You see them at all the shows in glass display cases. Cameras cut in half so the curious public can see exactly what is contained within these magic boxes.
The Waterjet Channel make a habit of cutting things in half. Using a 60,000psi water jet, they’ve sliced everything from padlocks to pumpkins. This time, they’ve taken a Canon Elan 7e 35mm SLR along with 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM lens and subjected it to their powerful water jet. I really don’t know what’s cooler or geekier; The insides of the camera, or the amazing power of simple water.
It’s nice to see some destruction videos on YouTube that are also useful. Sure, sometimes you just want to see stuff being crushed by a hydraulic press, but seeing the construction of cameras and lenses is fascinating to me.
Looking at the Waterjet Channel’s upload history, it looks like it’s a relatively new channel that’s picked up a lot of followers very quickly. When you watch the videos, it’s easy to understand why. They’re breaking things in a whole new way. Watching them put the iPhone 7‘s water resistance to the test is particularly amusing.
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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.