Here’s a story that will make you think about the next DSLR purchase.

For maximum durability, strap camera on head and go for a free fall, from a plane. That’s exactly what Calin Leucuta’s friend did. Except the camera was supposed to shoot the parachute teams dive instead of coming off his head and doing a dive on it’s own for about 3,000 feet.

The Canon 350D (Rebel XT in the US) circa 2005 survived the fall and is still working. Absolutely amazing is the plastic kit lens did not shatter into a gazillion pieces when it hit the ground at speeds of over 100 kph-heck, my car probably wouldn’t survive going 120 kph! I have new found respect for the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (and for Php 5,000 only).

Quelle surprise! The camera turns on, displays the last image taken, like nothing happened. Mental! He cleaned it thoroughly, learned to live with the creaking sounds coming from the lens while zooming (sand inside) and kept shooting the resilient Rebel until this very present day.

Excellent choice for a camera and durability test!