When was the last time you heard that dreaded thud?
Until recently I’ve been super vigilant about my gear but the streak has ended.
The crappy strap on my Canon 40D slipped and the camera body and my wide angle zoom hit the tiled floor.
It’s a good thing the lens and the camera body survived unscathed.
Prior to this, I shattered a UV filter which was on my 50mm lens.
Just think, if I didn’t have one on. It would have been a $400 replacement.
I’ve never really baby’ed my equipment even back when I was working at the newspaper.
They provided the gear but I never, ever abused any of it.
Bottom line is, I’m the one who gets burned if I reach for it and it’s not working.
Not everyone has that attitude about gear.
Recently I saw how a former colleague of mine leave his camera with a 300mm f 2.8 lens out in the rain at a baseball game.
I looked at him. He mumbled something about “Company gear..”
Before I arrived in the US, while I was still working with Singapore Airlines, I was in a shuttle bus which caught fire on its way to LAX.I started all over. That’s when I switched to Canon. Couldn’t bring myself to buy the same gear all over.
My entire Minolta system, 2 bodies and quite a few lenses were liquified.
So it’s your turn. I’m sure you have some stories to share. Post them under comments please.