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Whats the worst thats happened to your kit and why , lets see if we are all as careful as we think , and if theres good reason to buy better kit ?
Metz Flash and Pentax K10 dropped from a wall at a wedding - Metz flash snapped and gone , camera small crack but ok
Canon 50mm 1.4 rolled out of bag and hit tiled floor .... dead and buried
Canon 17-40 L Dropped whilst changing lenses at wedding and hit concrete , still works fine but front plastic round bit fell off !from inside and is held in by the filter now .. bombproof lens !
Canon 5dmk2 . rolled 50 foot down a steep ravine , some scrapes but works perfectly its also been out for over an hour in torential downpour in the lakes with no protection. Amazing camera.
Lets here your stories and get ready to cringe !
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Running down the road towards the scene (gas explosion in a private house north of Swindon), the 'Billingham' was open and the second Pentax LX with the 200mm f2.8 attached fell out. Ripped the lens mount off the body and damaged the lens somewhat - but still useable. Got the shots - rushed them to the Agency and set off for Pentax UK in North London. Left the LX body with them and returned home. Made the front page in the local rag next day - and collected my LX from Pentax that same afternoon. (Don't ask 'How much'!! [Please!!! ]).
Halcyon days!! (1988!!)
Quote: Running down the road towards the scene (gas explosion in a private house north of Swindon), the 'Billingham' was open and the second Pentax LX with the 200mm f2.8 attached fell out. Ripped the lens mount off the body and damaged the lens somewhat - but still useable. Got the shots - rushed them to the Agency and set off for Pentax UK in North London. Left the LX body with them and returned home. Made the front page in the local rag next day - and collected my LX from Pentax that same afternoon. (Don't ask 'How much'!! [Please!!! ]).
Halcyon days!! (1988!!)
Wow collected next day ! , that certainly wouldnt happen these days
Things have changed Andrew - but being a good friend of someone who had some 'pull' with Pentax UK at the time (and he remains a good friend ) - helped.
(As well as my using a Pentax 6x7 for my aerial work too )
Back from a surf trip @ kimmeridge dorset , Head on crash with a tractor at 40mph , Nikon D300 with 300mm 2.8 attached lens broke off from camera , was ok but was totally gutted about the lens, was not fussed about the van which was written off and worth at least three or four times the cost of the lens
You ended up OK Ricky? (You're 'here' obviously but - no injuries at the time I hope!)
Mine too was a Kimmeridge, armed with a brand new D300, less than a month old. I got caught by a rogue wave, caught me from behind, seeing the camera and tripod toppling I dived after it. Result:
1x Nikon D300
1x Sigma 10-20
2x Hitech filters
1x skylight filter
All damaged betond repair, and house insurance refused to pay out (its why I always recommend dedicated camera insurance).
1 x dented pride, saw elbow - both recovered. Tho I must have looked a real state when I checked in at the hotel that night.
Yeah no injuries mike thank god for airbags . Ahh nick now that does sound like bad luck , when i go back to kimmeridge now i get a lift with mates cant afford to write off another van , very small narrow roads if people dont know the area.
(Good to hear Ricky..)
Nick!!! Owwww!! !House insurance wouldn't 'cough'!! Not good.
(Know the area well btw...)
Yep, I nearly packed up after that - I didn't pick up a camera again for three months (thankfully I hadn't sold the old one).
Now everythings insured to the hilt.
But do you trust insurance company , Biggest scam going im sure of it .
Something over 40 years ago, I was out with a friend one frosty Sunday morning. He wanted to borrow the 300mm that I was using, so we exchanged lenses except that his standard lens slipped from my grasp, rolled down a grassy bank and into a pond.
I fished the lens out of the water and we walked the 200 yards to my parents' house where I phoned a fellow member of our Photographic Society who did repairs. Alec told me that if I brought it round immediately, he'd just have time to fix the lens before his lunch was ready. Later in the day, I picked up the lens and it hadn't suffered any lasting damage. The bill was less than the insurance excess.
That was a Pentax, but the Spotmatic series - superb cameras in their day.
Understand your response there Ricky but - yes. If you are with a reputable Company, they will 'cough'.
I had (have but now down-sized) all my musical equipment insured with one of the industry-leading firms and had a problem with my (expensive!!) Gibson SG guitar. It was 'sorted' without a quibble - and indeed - came back following its repair, better that it left me! That same Company also cover photographic equipment.
PM me if interested.
Burgled, took the bloody lot and my video camera with the tape of our first granddaughter from one day old still in it. Barstewards.
Now THAT is not good Ian.
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