Watch a photographer’s Blackmagic Pocket 4K become home to a colony of ants

Feb 19, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Watch a photographer’s Blackmagic Pocket 4K become home to a colony of ants

Feb 19, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Some of us have had ants in the kitchen, or maybe we had to deal with these little creatures while camping. But have you ever had your camera swarmed by ants? Dakota McLearn was unpleasantly surprised recently when he saw that his Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K had become home to a colony of ants. He shared his experience in a video and it’s as fascinating as it is scary.

Attacked by Ants, once again…

Posted by Dakota Mclearn on Monday, February 17, 2020

When Dakota took the lens off, his camera was covered with ants from the inside and out. His 12-35mm f/2.8 lens met the same fate. You can see in the video that there were ants everywhere; they totally overtook Dakota’s gear. What’s more, he believes that the queen is inside the camera and that his Blackmagic is now a new home to the entire colony. I had ants in the kitchen in my old apartment, but honestly, it would totally freak me out to wake up and see my camera full of them.

Interestingly enough, it looks like ants have a thing for Dakota. He already had a close encounter with them a few years ago when he was bitten by a bunch of fire ants. This made his face swollen and he ended up in a hospital. This time, fortunately, the ants at least spared him the painful bites.

This reminded me of a situation from a few years ago when Phil Torres and Jeff Cremer had an encounter with leafcutter ants in the Amazon rainforest. The insects chewed not only through their rain covers, but also through cables, Gorillapods, and even the camera itself.

I sometimes say for a piece of gear I like that it’s “sweet.” I know ants like sweet things, but I’d never guess that they feel the same about photo and video gear.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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4 responses to “Watch a photographer’s Blackmagic Pocket 4K become home to a colony of ants”

  1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Sugar from sweat, he should check his blood sugar level.

  2. tkgold Avatar
    tkgold

    Did you ever think of using ant traps around your home?

  3. Terri Gold Avatar
    Terri Gold

    There are many ways to keep ants out of your home. That didn’t happen overnight. Use ant traps at your doors and windows. The ants take the bait back to the nest and bye-bye colony.

  4. Orang Avatar
    Orang

    I remember having the same problem with my drawing tablet, because the drawing tablet was still using a USB, of course there was a hole, but I didn’t know there was still a gap there, I was curious why many ants came out of the USB hole, after I dismantled it, its contents ant colony, not so much but of course I have to clean it, at least after I clean and re-install it still works.