Originally Posted by missinglink786
........but their bodies and flashes were all covered in tape and rubberbands.
I don't know if they still do it, but most PJ's used to cover their cameras with gaffer tape so they could use them without marking the cameras (brassing on the corners). When they were done with the camera and the internal workings were wore completely out, they would remove the tape, use some solvent to remove the tape residue and sell the camera to some unsuspecting rube for high dollar.
An ancillary benefit of this would be sealing any gaps (such as the one where the motor drives bolted to the camera body) so that water vapor and dust didn't get into the internal workings and electrical contacts. PJ work tends to be non environmental friendly and they do look at their cameras as tools rather than something to put on display for friends and associates.
Since most pro cameras like the Canon EOS 1D series (and I assume Nikons) make it so difficult to change settings (and include lock out switches for the roll wheels), I doubt the tape is meant to freeze them. (Changing the ISO on an EOS 1Ds requires holding down two buttons down, rolling a wheel, then patting your head while you rub your tummy. Not recommended for the faint of heart.) However, I do remember putting a motor drive on my first camera precisely because my thumb would advance the shutter speed when I attempted to quickly wind and cock the camera manually.