Canon vs Nikon: The Definitive Crush Test

In the latest video in a long line of successful forced dismantling episodes, the current darling of the Youtube universe have done the unthinkable and crushed two vintage cameras. The reason? To finally answer that age old question of Canon vs Nikon superiority.

Watch the video below, or scroll down if you want to see the finished result.

This sort of thing can be difficult for camera enthusiasts to stomach, however unlike other similar camera destruction reviews we’ve covered before on Phogotraphy these guys were using non-functioning cameras and let’s face it, the chap controlling the press has an adorable accent.

So which brand ‘won’?

According the crude assessment by our protagonist, the Nikon fared slightly better because its brand name still existed afterwards. We wouldn’t advise using this argument next time you’re debating, however.

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1 x crushed Canon film camera.
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1 x crushed Nikon film camera.

As a bonus we get to see what looks like an old Canon zoom lens put through its strengths in the hydraulic press. Despite being obliterated as one would expect we’re told by our husky controller:

“It defends Canon’s glory after that poor result on the camera side.”

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If anyone can advise on exact models of all three ‘crushed’ cameras we’ll update the post.

Meanwhile, feel free to vent your frustrations or joys in the comment section below.

via Hydraulic Press Channel

5 thoughts on “Canon vs Nikon: The Definitive Crush Test

  1. Charles Morris July 7, 2016 / 1:42 am

    Nikon FA, Nikon’s first camera to have “evaluative” metering, precursor to modern matrix metering. Canon AE-1 immensely popular in the early 80’s SLR boom for advanced amateurs. Both early 80’s cameras. The lens is a Canon 75-150 F4.5 FD series lens. While apparently structurally sound, it was a mediocre lens in its day.

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  2. tjejojyj July 11, 2016 / 10:25 am

    I’m like as much as “EOS Rebel goes for a swim” (; i.e. not much.

    What’s the point here? To show anyone who didn’t know that hydraulic rams and powerful? Or perhaps: What’s the point of having a hydraulic ram, a video camera and an internet connection if you don’t use them all together?

    Maybe I’m particularly sensitive to this as I still have my father’s AE-1+Program and a similar zoom but the thought of simply destroying something like these devices makes me cringe. Only about the second time I’ve given thumbs down on YouTube.

    If they were genuinely dead (‘good for parts’) then a really interesting YouTube would be a time lapse of someone dis-assembling each camera component-by-component including plenty of close ups.

    Doing both camera’s in tandem would have added to the interest.


    • Phogotraphy July 11, 2016 / 11:32 am

      That’s a great suggestion, Tim.

      With regards to why, there is, and always will be a market for people who like to see things destructed in different ways. Think of the Will it Blend Youtube channel for example.


      • tjejojyj July 11, 2016 / 11:46 am

        Point taken. I suppose at least with ‘Will-It-Blend?’ there is some doubt often as to the outcome so it serves to prove the efficacy of their blender. Is there any doubt with a hydraulic press?

        There is a lot of more significant waste in our society (How much is the latest jet fighter etc? Why do we need it, again?) so I shouldn’t begrudge those who get some amusement out of it.

        BTW: Thanks for your blog. Nice work.

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