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NOOOOOooooooo…


We spent a good part of the weekend shooting at Pebble Beach in Bean Hollow State Park. The beach is a tiny one, but it’s incredibly beautiful. I took hundreds of detail shots – and even took the time to process a couple of them on my laptop. Those who’ve been following my blog for some time know that I almost never process images before I get home to my calibrated monitor. I’ll take another look at these once I’m back in Cleveland, and see if they need a bit of tweaking.

Jay and I traded camera’s and lenses near the end of the day, today. He wanted to use the 180mm macro with a 1.6 crop sensor, so I handed over my favorite combo. I took a few shots with his camera, and then put away my gear and headed to the top of the cliffs. I sat down to watch the waves and wait for Jay to finish up – I could see him down below, photographing some of the fantastic details in the rocks.

He turned his head away for just a moment – a laughing child drew his attention – and a gust of wind took hold of my beautiful camera system, and threw it to the ground! I watched it fall, and could do nothing to stop it.

So. The top of the camera is smashed near the flash unit, and will need to be replaced. Although it appears to be fixable, I no longer trust it to do its job when I really need it to work. It can’t be sold, so it will become a spare body. The 180mm seems miraculously intact, despite a few nasty gouges in the lens hood. But we’ll send it in for service anyway – just in case. I can’t imagine it could take a fall like that without some damage to all that glass. I’m sure to have nightmares tonight, after watching it fall. I shudder just thinking about it, now!

And Jay… well. I know how terrible I would feel if I dropped his camera. I can’t be mad at him. Besides. It’s Christmas in July. I just ordered a new Canon 7D to replace the 50D. That should cheer me right up. ;)

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  1. Ryan Sommers
    Ryan Sommers says:

    Not a good weekend for cameras… I accidentally dunked my 5DMkII Saturday night. (You can read the whole story on my website.) From what I can tell there is a little water damage, the battery compartment and memory card were both soaked. However, everything in the lightpath area seems to have avoided getting wet. The only thing affecting the picture seems to be that the automatic white balance is out of whack and my pictures come out pink. Other than that the mode selection dial doesn’t work.

    It will be going back to Canon today, I’m hopeful it’s not a total loss… But then again, that’s why I have an inland marine policy!

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Wow, Ryan! Sounds like a whopper of a storm! I’m glad you are ok, and that your gear is insured. I hope your next trip is better. I think I’ll wrap my own camera in bubble wrap next time I let Jay use it. Maybe you should try the same – since bubble-wrap will protect against water as well as impact. ;)

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  2. Rakesh Malik
    Rakesh Malik says:

    I’ve been through that also. I was luckier though, my D300 and my macro lens survived intact, because the lens hood took the brunt of the impact. The hood’s broken now, but since the everything else is working fine, I’m ok with that.

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Glad to hear your equipment survived, Rakesh. :) I’m looking forward to the arrival of my new camera in the mail tomorrow – but I still cringe when I think about watching my camera and lens hit those rocks. Ack! :)

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