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I mean, what are the chances..

 
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May 29, 2012 00:04 |  #1

I just bought that lens this week-end, on Saturday. A 300mm F2.8 non-is. I was shooting paintball on Sunday the whole day. First speedball game. Game starts, 5 seconds passes then bang!

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Took a hit right on the front element. Luckily no damage was made.

I think I'll buy a UV filter to protect it better next time :p

*sarcasm*

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May 29, 2012 00:35 |  #2
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What size you need??? 120mm...:) Where is the hood???


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May 29, 2012 02:19 |  #3

Just clean her up.....should be fine :)




  
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May 29, 2012 02:22 |  #4

Don't think you'll find a "UV Filter" that big...

You might fashion something out of optical-grade glass that can be lashed to the front with light-weight bungee cords though.


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May 29, 2012 02:28 |  #5

Bet that gave you a fright!


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May 29, 2012 02:40 |  #6

be happy it wasnt your eye.


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May 29, 2012 05:37 |  #7

I bet you they aimed for it:)




  
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May 29, 2012 06:16 |  #8

A decent photographer would have wiped it off with his shirttail and kept shooting.


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May 29, 2012 08:10 |  #9

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I bet you they aimed for it:)

speedball lanes are pretty predictable, I tend to agree.




  
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May 29, 2012 08:45 |  #10

Ah, some didn't see the *sarcasm* under the UV filter part :p

Hood was on it but I removed it for the picture. I did clean it and came back shooting but damn I still remember that heart-attack feeling!

I know Canon isn't repairing this lens anymore, I didn't want a shattered front element... On my first time using the lens! :eek:


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May 29, 2012 10:49 |  #11

just a quick question: are you wearing goggles and out on the rage or shooting through a slit in the net?

I find paintball to be a difficult shoot due to the restrictions about protective gear on the field and the distances involved and the use of camoflage in shadows or else the brightly lit "high-noon" lighting that requires F16 and long lenses to pull a subject out of usually neon bright colors in the backgrounds.

And I admit to accidently marking a few refs and photographers myself if given an option for plausible deniability:) You gotta know someone thought that was a pretty funny prank even though that lens is worth like maybe a dozen decent markers and a pallet of paint.


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May 29, 2012 11:29 |  #12

Yeah, I'm wearing a mask like this one

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It is quite hard to frame shots as the only thing I see in the viewfinder is the center AF point. Camera is too far from my eye.

I'm on the field, on the side lines. The best pictures are the one players look/shoot in your direction so I know I'm at risk while shooting.

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May 29, 2012 11:39 |  #13

Strap that ^^^ to the front of the lens :D I'd be utterly flabbergasted if a paintball managed to damage the thick ass glass of the front element of one of those lenses.


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May 29, 2012 14:06 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #14

You gave them a target, good shooting.




  
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May 29, 2012 15:16 |  #15

Rivest wrote in post #14500437 (external link)
It is quite hard to frame shots as the only thing I see in the viewfinder is the center AF point. Camera is too far from my eye.

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This little accessory isn't good for much, but this is one area where it helps. 30% viewfinder reduction is completely undesirable until your eye relief increases to several inches behind a paintball mask. Provides almost complete frame visibility on APS-C/H. Give it a try.

A good paintball mask is also a worthwhile investment. You want something that's comfortable, has a dual-pane thermal lens, minimal eye relief, and maximum safety. I wouldn't trust some masks to protect ears or even just stay on the face (Looking at you, E-vents).

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