Long story short: Our Nikon D5000 (My first dSLR) was dropped by my other half yesterday, from waist height, lens down onto a carpeted, but hard floor. She caught the strap just after the initial impact.
It was the kit lens (15-55mm DX VR) without any filters (just been taken off for cleaning!).
It looks as if the lens has taken the brunt of it - The front glass surround is damaged and the whole moving section of the lens is now at an angle to the rest of the lens. The zoom movement gets stuck in the middle of the range. Doesn't appear to be any broken glass.
The body itself looks unharmed. No scratches as it didn't touch the floor. Still seems to be taking pictures, but haven't yet uploaded any images to check their quality.
I think the lens is shot, but at $160 it really could have been worse.
Both the lens and body will be taken back to our local shop today (a main Nikon dealer) to see what they think. However, their repair cycle is listed at 6-8 weeks.
So for the more experienced of you, a few questions:
How durable are the bodies?
What would you check to see if it's still working OK?
Is it worth sending the body away for 6-8 weeks to be sure? (I'll miss out on most of our rugby season if I do!)
How good are Nikon at repairing lenses? or should I just buy a new one? (It is their cheapest lens after all!)
I had ankle surgery at the end of the snow season, so no sports for me this Summer. Taking photos of my rugby team was my way of coping and getting practice for next Winter! Thankfully it wasn't my 55-200mm DX VR that got damaged..... But still i'm not keen on losing my camera for 2 months if I don't have to.
Thanks for your advice!