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Nov 15, 2016 22:36 |  #1

And yes, I am going to admit up front to being the stupid photographer.

I was preparing to go out for a shoot and took my 100-400 mkII of the camera and lay it down on the kitchen counter. (The really stupid part being that I didn't stand it on it's end). I had previously removed the lens foot as it got in the way when I was shooting so the lens rolled across the counter and fell three feet onto the concrete floor :(

Luckily I always have the lens hood fitted in the reverse position and this absorbed the impact and saved the lens from being damaged.


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Nov 15, 2016 22:39 |  #2

That tripod foot ultimately has a purpose, after all!

Standing up the lens, on end, simply affords you the greater opportunity to knock it over with your forearm or elbow!

Next time, just loosen the tripod mount and rotate it out of your way for handholding the lens.


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Nov 15, 2016 23:31 |  #3

Living in earthquake country and in an old house where level surfaces can't be assumed, I've made a habit, when setting down anything important that has the shape of a narrow cylinder, of orienting it so that if it starts to roll, it'll hit something stable to stop its motion.


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Nov 16, 2016 02:05 |  #4

OhLook wrote in post #18185778 (external link)
Living in earthquake country and in an old house where level surfaces can't be assumed, I've made a habit, when setting down anything important that has the shape of a narrow cylinder, of orienting it so that if it starts to roll, it'll hit something stable to stop its motion.

My lens hit something stable.... the concrete floor :(


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Nov 16, 2016 04:20 |  #5

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18185826 (external link)
My lens hit something stable.... the concrete floor :(

Gravity sucks, as they say;-)a, glad the lens is OK. I have dropped lenses before too, mine wasn't onto concrete, but cobblestones, I picked up my supposedly zipped up backpack camera bag, by the top handle, from the back of the car. The ring of the "protective filter" did at least stop the filter thread from getting damaged, the broken filter glass made a small mark on the front element. The lens seems to work fine, with the exception that it now seems a little more prone to flare. I didn't bother to replace the filter, being of reasonable quality and being an 82mm it cost about 60% of what I paid for the lens in the first place.

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Nov 16, 2016 09:07 |  #6

A couple incidents:

I was out with my grandson at a scene of a small river with waterfalls and "tidepools" and such, we were sitting at the bed as I snapped photos. My grandson picked up my camera bag, and out tumbled my 70-300 IS lens, out and into a pool! I had to scramble down into the dang pool to fetch it!

Well, back at my place, I set my oven to a low/warm setting and put the lens in with the oven door part way open. and after a few hours I checked, it still showed moisture inside, so more heating. After about 2 days I checked it out, and voila, the lens worked, AF, IS and all!

Not so happy about the time I was out doing some street shooting. I had my 50mm f/1.4 in my bag, on my car seat. A friend went and pulled it out, and the lens fell out and hit the pavement. The 50 is a bit notorious for having an AF that can get pretty messed up, and that was the case -- I couldn't myself fix the thing and so I sold it to another photographer for dirt cheap!

One more thing, I had a fair amount of activity with my Canon 85mm f/1.2, an amazing and expensive lens, but the time came when I had to sell stuff to pay bills, including the 85. Well, someone came over to check things out and noted that there was a crack on/in the lens case, down by the base! Well, I hadn't dropped that lens, but I guess it had seen some rugged use, I checked it out and the crackage showed down the body and into the rim where the lens hooks up, so it was a mess.

I brought the lens into a shop, with some parts documentation, and a helpful tech took it in and repaired it and gave it back to me for $120, not bad at all, the lens sold in a heartbeat!


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Nov 19, 2016 23:32 |  #7

People can never understand why I put my lenses on the floor or on the ground. I figure that a slight kick - if it should happen - is always better than a 3ft drop.


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