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Who can POSSIBLY drop a lens?

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Mar 30, 2010 01:21 |  #46

Dropped my 100-400L whilst changing it, about 1.5m on to rock hard grass. Fully extended with the hood on to! As mentioned above, more in the zone about the next shot than anything else.
Killed it stone dead. Complete AF motor and associated assemblies needed to make it work. Thank goodness for insurance!


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Mar 30, 2010 01:34 |  #47

Anyone is capable of dropping a lens (even a baby!).

I've dropped ... haha, better not divulge. (external link)

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Mar 30, 2010 01:35 |  #48

Oh god I just read that thread on the 600 + swamp... so sad

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Mar 30, 2010 03:08 |  #49

I see many replies with the same issue (which I had once too and got lucky :)):
After changing lens, forgot to zip up the bag and during lift the lens fall/slip out.

My question is: What do you do to prevent this (besides being more careful)?

I love my Lowepro backpack, but due to the zip cover, you cannot see well where the slider (zipper) is.
Thus, I was thinking to color the zipper's tags to red (some tape), so it is obvious when the two red tags are at same position (or apart).

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Mar 30, 2010 03:38 |  #50

I would probably have a heart attack if ever I dropped my 85L.

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Mar 30, 2010 08:20 |  #51

My truck is a lens-dropper....

My plastic 50 was the 1st... I put it on the back seat, along with other gear... drove a few blocks, and when I turned around from the driver's seat, I couldn't locate it... so I got out, opened the back door, and it leaped out, right onto the pavement... it seemed fine... it focused... but then minutes later, all that stopped... and then the front came off...

Next was a friend's 70-200 2.8 IS... it was dark... he was at the front of the truck, I was at the back... he was doing a lens change, and for some reason, he thought laying the lens on its side on the slanted hood of the truck would be a good idea.... while one hand had his body, and the other had his 24-70, the 70-200 started rolling off the hood, and went down... I heard a loud thud from the back, knew right away it was a lens, and could only think "please be something other than camera gear"... then some cursing from the front of the truck... walked over... the lens had a few scratches, only cosmetic damage - zoom ring was a bit stiffer than usual, but otherwise was a fine lens!

3rd time, another friend... 30D + 100-400 (his, not mine) on top of a monopod... he leaned the monopod on the side of the truck so that he could reach in for something... his weight going in the truck shifted the truck ever so slightly, making the monopod slowly tip over... another friend happened to see that, and lunged over to try and stop it... he kinda did... instead of hitting the ground with full momentum, his foot slowed it down, but not enough... the momentum made everything flip over the foot, and hit the ground, but slower and softer than it could have been... no damage to the equipment (other than getting dirty - landed on wet gravel)... being a true friend, I went over right away and inspected my truck thoroughly to make sure his gear hadn't scratched an arc in my paint ;-)a

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Mar 30, 2010 12:01 |  #52

Egads.... With those L lenses, I think we would rather drop our body if we had the choice (if the bodies were easily replaced as xti, 30d... $400 vs a $1000+ lens). :eek:

Canon Xti, 30D + battery grip, T2i GRIPPED, 28mm 2.8, 18-55mm kit, 10-22mm, 28-135mm IS, 24-70mm 2.8 L, 55-250mm IS, 70-200 2.8 L IS, Sigma 150-500mm apo, and two backpacks.

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Mar 30, 2010 20:46 |  #53

i'm sure many of us would do the same as Charlie Rose did with his macbook air. LINK (external link)

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May 30, 2010 22:48 |  #54

YEY!!! this time I was not able to catch my camera while falling to the floor with lens down... s***... at least a $2 hood saved the lens from any damage...

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Finally got my first L lens...
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May 30, 2010 22:54 |  #55

do you drop it a lot?

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May 30, 2010 22:57 |  #56

pinoyplaya wrote in post #9880281 (external link)
Ive always been paranoid about dropping my gear... worst, forgetting it! You know when your taking photos and you decide to switch lenses or what not, open your bag and your mind is soo preoccupied about getting the best shot, you stay there for a while and when its time to move on and move to a different location, you get paranoid and think every 30 seconds whether you left something at your previous location.

I left my 70-200 F4 IS L in a park just like that....I got it back though...I found some little kids hitting it against the concrete, trying to draw with it...... I kindly asked for it back, instead of drop kicking them in the face and curb stomping them and pulling there arms from there body.....anywho....the whole kid thing never happened, it was just sitting where I left it :lol:


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