Today I almost had a heart-attack when I felt that my camera was slipping from my shoulder. I had it on my fantastic strap (personally signed by Gordon
but I wasn't careful enough: So my Nikon D800 + 24-70/2.8 dropped to the ground from about 3 feet. Lens pointing down protected by only the HB-40 lens-hood and all 1.7 kg of gear crashed noisily on the forest track.
When I picked it up nothing was separated or obviously broken or even scratched but the lens-hood looked slightly askew. After inspecting everything and doing some test-shots it seems that indeed the broken mount of the lens-shade seems to be the only loss that I had from this accident. Was happily shooting away this afternoon already (see my images from the Fotoszene Nuremberg here
Certainly I will do some more rigorous testing, but at least my blood-pressure has normalized quite a bit.
Now that was for the "Drop
" part of the headline, what about the "wrong reflex
Well, what can I say: When the strap slipped from my shoulder I tried to reach down and catch the falling camera. Good move? Certainly not!
Because the camera was dropping faster than I was diving after her. And the most important thing: That move cleared the way for the strap to come completely off my arm.
A much better move would have been to forget about the camera and go for the strap: simply lifting my arm
would have caught the strap and prevented the drop in the first place! So I should mentally prepare for this move, should I ever have a case of slipping strap again!
1. I'm really impressed that my Nikon gear was not damaged in this case.
2. I've heard knowledgeable people claim that broken filters that were used to protect a lens had damaged the front lens more in a drop than anything else.
3. The broken NB-40 is around 25 EUR to replace. A new one will be here on Tuesday.
4. I always use the lens-hood on all my lenses. Seems like a good idea!
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