Last Updated on 07/23/2019 by Mark Beckenbach
Warning: These water jet cutter videos are pretty painful to watch. Make sure you hug your cameras and lenses after!
We spot a lot of photography related stuff on Reddit; a lot of it is downright cool, some is slightly unsettling. Today’s find falls under the latter, so you might want to proceed with caution. A thread titled “Cutting things in half with water” obviously doesn’t spell anything good befalling photography gear. Still, we followed a lead to the Waterjet Channel on YouTube, and found their videos slicing Canon cameras and lenses (a Canon Elan 35mm SLR camera, a Canon 17-85mm zoom lens, and a Canon G7X) in half. If you’re curious about how it’s done, and what the innards of this gear looks like, then watch the videos after the jump.
Are you okay? Now, compose yourself and go hug your cameras and lenses.
According to the video descriptions, the folks behind the channel use a 60,000 psi water jet cutter to slice apart a lot of random stuff. The Canon zoom lens, they said, was sent through fan mail. The Canon G7X, meanwhile, is the camera they were previously using to film their videos that they decided to “dispose” of due to dead pixel issues. Whether you own any of this Canon gear or not, we’re sure it hurt a little watching the water jet cutter slice through them like a hot knife through butter.
In case you’re not familiar with the water jet cutter, the industrial tool works by using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a combination of water and an abrasive substance (like garnet and aluminum oxide). Because of its versatility, it’s used in many industries to cut and shape different materials — or in the case of the guys behind the Waterjet Channel, satisfy curiosity on what different random stuff looks like when sliced in half.
Well, at least we now know what the cross-section of cameras and lenses look like!
Screenshot image from the video