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Nov 21, 2011 22:23 |  #1

A few days ago I was standing on a boulder about 25ft. above the Merced river in Yosemite Nat'l Park. While attempting to change lenses I accidentally dropped my 70-200 2.8L IS USM. I watched helplessly as it free fell 6-8ft. It then bounced off a granite rock and fell another 10ft. where it landed on another granite rock near the water. I scrambled down the bank not knowing what I'd find. After removing the lens caps and peering through the lens I discovered that no glass was broken. The only damage was a gouge in the barrel at the camera end with the o-ring a little crushed. The lens shade was also cracked.
Test shots showed no signs of any problems with focus or even in the stabilization feature.
From now on I will only use Canon for my equipment.


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Nov 25, 2011 17:24 |  #2

Lucky =)




  
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Nov 25, 2011 17:55 |  #3
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Yep, lucky. Could have just as easily broken into pieces, depending on how it hit the rocks. Drop that lens 10 times and I bet you more than 50% of the time it will get damaged to the point of needing to be repaired by Canon.




  
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Nov 25, 2011 18:06 |  #4

I experienced a similar fall of my 70-200mm, just not quite as far, nor as remote.

But it sure horrified me at the time. The lens is built like a tank, agree At the same time, the lens later starting malfunctioning, within weeks, for the IS, then the AF capability. So, I think the fall did actually contribute to this situation, just not instantly.


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Nov 25, 2011 19:33 |  #5

Lucky man!
If I were you, I'll have it check though.


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Nov 25, 2011 19:37 |  #6

Lucky you! So where's the shot you got?


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Nov 27, 2011 19:10 |  #7

Here's the shot taken after the fall.

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Nov 27, 2011 19:17 |  #8

Go buy a lottery ticket, it could be your time.




  
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Nov 27, 2011 19:30 |  #9

Awesome story.....I one time forgot to latch my Pelican case (which is funny because it's always my policy to always latch cases and zip bags every single time but I needed to grab my GPS from the case while I was driving which left me leaving it unlatched) and as I took it out of my truck my 1DSMkII with 70-200 attached came crashing to the concrete. Both the camera and lens have a couple of scars to show from the mishap but they took the blow and work just fine :)




  
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Nov 27, 2011 19:37 |  #10

Kirby wrote in post #13433725 (external link)
From now on I will only use Canon for my equipment.

it seems like you would have to drop a few third party lenses to make sure they couldn't survive as well before making this statement...:lol:


glad everything's working...


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Nov 27, 2011 19:46 |  #11

raksphoto wrote in post #13450985 (external link)
I experienced a similar fall of my 70-200mm, just not quite as far, nor as remote.

But it sure horrified me at the time. The lens is built like a tank, agree At the same time, the lens later starting malfunctioning, within weeks, for the IS, then the AF capability. So, I think the fall did actually contribute to this situation, just not instantly.

I think this is what the OP should expect.


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Nov 27, 2011 19:57 |  #12

image still looks fine. No worries. :)


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Nov 27, 2011 19:59 |  #13

Luck of the bounce.


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Nov 27, 2011 20:05 |  #14

i'd probably would have had a heart attack.



  
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Nov 27, 2011 20:31 |  #15
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You obviously had a UV filter on it :)


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