How to Destroy a Pentax Optio

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    Step One:
    Learn to love the Hawai'ian shore line of lava rocks and respect the sometimes fierce waves.
    Step Two:
    Always carry a waterproof little camera, they can handle the salt spray so well!
    Step Three:
    Make sure said camera is strapped into a holder and clipped to your shorts.

    Step Four:
    Get over confident and decide to ignore Step Three.

    Gleefully *prance* or in my case shuffle over the rocks for cool looking things in the tidal pools.
    Get confident and forget the about the slippery lava.

    Step on slick slippery algae covered lava in flip flops and do a lava dive...spread your hands out and let your prize little camera take the brunt of the fall.

    Whoops.

    Cracked LCD.
    But hey, the Pentax Optio W80 still will work. It is just ruined because you can never again set the ISO or figure out what 'mode' you may be in.

    Yep, I ruined my second Pentax Optio.
    But at least it was only hours before I left Hawai'i.

    BUT I got the SHOT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulewings~ View Post
    BUT I got the SHOT!
    1st rule of commercial / editorial photography, get the shot. All else is secondary.

    Sorry to hear about the ruined camera.
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    Ooops! At least the guy in the camera shop will be pleased to see you again Do they do these cameras with extra armour?

    What is that little creature in "The shot"?
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    Val made me chuckle your story, sorry about the loss but your story did bring a smile to my face this morning

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    “Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that,
    behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.
    Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.”
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    I haven't taken it in anywhere yet...I'm 45 miles or so from the nearest camera shop. The housing did not crack nor did it dent. Awesome built little sucker.

    As far as the creature? It was the size of a pencil eraser and some sort of hermit crab...
    I think I will check into getting the camera sent in for repairs?
    Think it is worth it?

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    LOL! Sorry about that. Hey, better your camera than your hand.

    Well, gee, whether it's worth it it probably depends on how much it costs- do you know any place that would give a free or cheap estimate?

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    Lol congrats on the shot, sucky about the cam. I was wondering if I'd fall on the rocks when I was in Nova Scotia with my brand new cam too.. luckily I didn't. I decided though if I did fall, I'd break my face and not my camera.

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    Great story Val, I know just that feeling when you're going for the shot and all else is forgotten!

    If it was me, I'd repair or replace it - whichever is cheaper, and maybe check into some kind of armour or rubber coating for the poor little thing!
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    Point is...I've destroyed the LCD on this camera...by falling on rocks.

    MY other Pentax had a similar accident. I dropped it this winter while riding on the gravel road. No damage!
    Then my mule stepped on it.
    Cracked the LCD but the camera still works.

    I think I ought to test market these 'tough' cameras for Pentax...
    Ha!
    :P

    With that said, I'll have to look into fixing both of them!
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