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requiem for a camera

2003-04-28 01:34:07.252103+00 by meuon 7 comments

It was barely a year old, brought forth unto this world shortly before Burning Man 2002.

April 27th, Meuon's Sony CyberShot 707, plummetted 170 feet to it's demise at NeverSink Canyon in Alabama, where dispite, a Pelican case inside a padded pack, it did not survive the fall. Related casualties include the burst Platypus bag, a tripod, a bent stainless steel rapelling rack, a bent QAS (Ascender) and the pride of the owner, whose shameful stupidity is directly responsible for this loss.

Already mildly famous for pictures published on the 'net at several web sites, and in printed media (for Burning Man), this camera's work is about to be seen worldwide on T-Shirts on Junkyward Wars (the TV show) (Kiki and Crew!).

It was survived by the owner, meuon, who will be living cheap for a while in order to quickly afford bringing it's sibling into the world to continue the good work of it's predecessor and the mission of Downloadalife.com for upcoming events.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2003-04-28 01:50:25.907625+00 by: meuon

I'll post a picture.. so ya'll could see what a terminal velocity impact does to a camera in a close fitting box, just as soon as I can. I'm thinking it'll be art. It also pulverized a bag of peanuts..

#Comment made: 2003-04-28 02:11:45.385548+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ow. Well, glad it only hurt the pride, Pelican cases and cameras are replaceable.

Speaking of which, you're now more extreme than me, I've never busted a Pelican case.

#Comment made: 2003-04-28 02:46:23.509962+00 by: ebradway

Did you buy the extended warranty at Circuit City? It'd be great if they took it back!

#Comment made: 2003-04-28 12:57:21.443369+00 by: meuon

Laughing.. Even their 'extended warranty' would not cover such abuse. I may send it back to Sony just for the fun of it.

#Comment made: 2003-04-28 16:17:10.739118+00 by: TC

My camera and I mourn your loss. I purchased it's sister camera inspired by your Burningman photography and a little reasearch. Best camera I have ever owned. I am glad to hear your safe. You now have a great story to add to your life's resume. I look forward to hearing it over a beer sometime.

#Comment made: 2003-04-30 13:24:35.83542+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Rubbing salt in the wounds.. )^( just asked for high res versions, and permission for several Egeria photo's for some promotional purposes. - Camera is kinda working, gotta get the CCD remounted, it's off center.. and fix some controls.

#Comment made: 2003-05-23 01:15:54.912664+00 by: meuon

Birth Announcement
A brand new Sony CyberShot 717 was brought into the world today, just before leaving for Speleofest.. 4 days of caving in Kentucky. Pics will follow. :)

And to celebrate, I also got a larger and more padded Pelican case.