D4.... GRIZZLY Proof!

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Registered: Aug 04, 2009
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Country: United States

God willing, This will be a once in a lifetime event... Great presence of mind to take the shots...

Registered: Feb 27, 2009
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Country: United States

I just cannot believe that the D4 and 600 came out unscathed minus a small tooth mark on the battery door of the D4 and some minor scratches to the lens hoods

Registered: Oct 21, 2005
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Country: Australia

Damn good story.

Howard Kearley
Registered: Jul 16, 2008
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great story and shots


Registered: Mar 24, 2006
Total Posts: 2027
Country: United States

I can see it now:
" For sale lightly used Nikon D4, USA body, original owner, low shutter count. Body does have a few marks from grizzly bear attack...."

Steve Perry
Registered: Oct 10, 2006
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Country: United States

Wow, what a story! Glad you came out OK!

Registered: Oct 09, 2002
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Country: United States

Wow! What a blast.

Goes to show - the best camera is the one you have with you.

Yang Ye
Registered: Oct 15, 2006
Total Posts: 118
Country: Belgium

Nobody mentioned how cute that bear was... Hmmm...

Yang Ye
Registered: Oct 15, 2006
Total Posts: 118
Country: Belgium

More pics of the aftermath please!

Creative Edge
Registered: Jun 14, 2003
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Country: United States

incredible, glad you are safe, at least you got to document the encounter
I will be in Yellowstone the 2nd week of September and will keep your story in mind while I hike through the woods..
thanks for sharing and again, glad you are safe.

Registered: Jun 15, 2011
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Country: United States

Amazing story! The ability to tell is one thing, but thanks for showing us.

Registered: Feb 13, 2009
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These pictures and this story would make an incredible magazine article - get it submitted
Glad you came out unscathed!


Registered: Dec 30, 2010
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Wow, amazing! It sucks that your gear took the abuse, but what an experience.

Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2058
Country: Canada

Glad that you made the decision to sacrifice the gear rather than take that kind of risk. Insurance or not it was the right choice, but all in all it provided a better set of photos thanks to how it played out. I'm sure there are lots of great photos of grizzly's out there but yours fit into a true life adventure.

Registered: Jun 05, 2011
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Country: Canada

xaradaisy wrote:
The D4 survived because it locked up and played dead.

Quoted for best post of the bunch

Registered: Aug 17, 2002
Total Posts: 3787
Country: United States

you are the man!

i think i might have waited more than an hour to head back to get the gear.

Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
Total Posts: 11299
Country: Canada

Scary. Glad you made it.

Good thing you had the Nikon decoy to distract the bear.

Only a serious (crazy ) photographer would stop to take pictures of the bear attacking your camera.

Just think of the respect you will get when people ask you about the scrapes.

Thanks for sharing. Scott

Registered: Jan 14, 2009
Total Posts: 173
Country: United States

"The D4 survived because it locked up and played dead. "
great comment...looks like a young bear..curious. b ack in lat 1978 a friend of mine that guided trips down the tatshenshini river had a large bear actually do the same thing to his camera and lens, only the bear punctured his nikon 500 mm with canine teeth marks. it was manual focus but it still worked...great story.

Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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Country: United States

Did you take the pic of the D4 afterward?

Registered: Jul 14, 2006
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Country: United States

Very glad you made the right decision and got the heck away, and that the bear was distracted by the gear.

Also, PM'd

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