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04/17/2006 10:07:42 PM · #1
This is what a 50 1.8 looks like when you drop it...

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It still works flawlessly...its cheap, light-weight plastic is actually its strength. I think it bounced.
04/17/2006 10:10:53 PM · #2
My god man, just the thought of dropping anything in my bag onto a hard ground makes me sick to my stomach.

I know it's only a 50mm 1.8f, but still.

Glad it still works.

I need a drink.


04/17/2006 10:11:59 PM · #3
ouch I droped mine as well, at the last DPC meet we had but it was ok, no problems at all. I droped my simga 28-75, still fine works like new.
04/17/2006 10:18:24 PM · #4
heh I dropped my 18-70 onto bricks from about 5 feet also, it didn't do as well. But it was covered under warranty...only was without it for a short period of 2 months (note the sarcasm).

I don't know if I should file it down some, or just leave it all 'chunky' like it is...I guess it's not hurting anything how it is, huh?
04/17/2006 10:20:13 PM · #5
Better than dropping your body! I bought a new battery and dropped it the first day I took it out. Fell out of the bag and hit a brick floor. Luckally it's ok too.

Message edited by author 2006-04-17 22:21:30.
04/17/2006 10:25:14 PM · #6
I dropped my 50mm 1.8 and the front element separated from the rest of the body. I picked both pieces up, studied them for a bit, then stuck it back together. Still works. Just needs a bit of a jump start when I switch from manual back to autofocus.

But I really should get it checked out and "repaired" professionally one of these days....

04/17/2006 10:26:26 PM · #7
well mine actually only hit the bricks for one bounce...once it bounced, it flung off the brick and into a garden haha
04/17/2006 10:44:48 PM · #8
Originally posted by deapee:

well mine actually only hit the bricks for one bounce...once it bounced, it flung off the brick and into a garden haha


Heh, if that had been the Canon 50/1.8, it prolly wouldn't work now. The Nikon 50/1.8 is better built, no doubt about it. Lucky that you got a "good bounce" though, you avoided further scratches & damage :-)

Message edited by author 2006-04-17 22:44:58.
04/17/2006 10:48:01 PM · #9
Yeah...it definately looks a lot worse in my picture than it really is heh...man that thing was dirty.

I took the liberty of going over the whole thing with some scotch tape...it's clean as new now.
04/17/2006 10:48:37 PM · #10
*smacks deapee*

Bad photog!

Rikki has ya beat though :-P He likes throwing big expensive lenses.

Message edited by author 2006-04-17 22:49:35.
04/17/2006 10:59:06 PM · #11
Originally posted by deapee:

Yeah...it definately looks a lot worse in my picture than it really is heh...man that thing was dirty.

I took the liberty of going over the whole thing with some scotch tape...it's clean as new now.

Scotch tape! Just on the body I hope... at least you don't clean the sensor with scotch tape, like Travis99.
04/17/2006 11:07:22 PM · #12
I dropped my Sigma 10-20mm in The Louvre in Paris and it bounced like one of those bouncey super balls, tilting and turning all over the marble floor. I thought it would be dead for sure. I think it travelled for about 5-7 metres. I picked it up, put it back on the camera...no problems.

Not so lucky with my Sigma 50-500mm (Bigma) it fell on the ground and stopped working. It cost $200 plus to repair and I only missed it for 3 months (also note the sarcasm here)...
04/17/2006 11:21:56 PM · #13
Originally posted by Louis:

Originally posted by deapee:

Yeah...it definately looks a lot worse in my picture than it really is heh...man that thing was dirty.

I took the liberty of going over the whole thing with some scotch tape...it's clean as new now.

Scotch tape! Just on the body I hope... at least you don't clean the sensor with scotch tape, like Travis99.


Scotch tape on the rear element, and all over the whole thing...

I clean my sensor with scotch tape too...

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spotless.
04/17/2006 11:41:43 PM · #14
I was on a cruise last week (nice) and we returned to the tender and they ask for ID that was in my camera backpack and I gladly provided it. When I stepped on the boat all I heard was this zip and bang and a bunch of people screaming. Stupid me, did not secure the zipper properly and all my gear fell out including my new 70-200L lens. All I saw was the lenses rolling to the edge of the boat, but fortunately they turned under some seats and all was well. We where the last boat to return to the cruise ship and I got some evil eyes. :)' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/46778/thumb/322486.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/46778/thumb/322486.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
04/17/2006 11:43:29 PM · #15
OUCH man that sucks...that's what happened with my 18-70...I had my 80-200 on my camera, and the 18-70 just sitting where the big 80-200's spot was...everything else in the backpack is really secure. I went to pick it up off this ledge, and the 18-70 came tumbling out heh...ALWAYS make sure you're zippered!
04/18/2006 06:52:50 AM · #16
EEP!!! I feel dizzy all of a sudden!
04/18/2006 07:25:15 AM · #17
dropping a lens is bad, but dropping the camera is horrible..

I dropped my EOS 1 and the 100mm macro about 3-4 feet on to a tiled floor.

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the lens is ok, and the camera works fine, it just has a hole in the body so it's not waterproof anymore :(
04/18/2006 08:35:37 AM · #18
Ugh...

The noise a camera makes hitting the ground isn't a good one. Given the amount of use my gear gets I've been pretty lucky....

My 'roll of shame':

I knocked the 20D + 17-40 + 580ex off a desk onto a concrete floor a while ago, dinged the hood bayonet on the lens, and cracked the body of the camera just behind the 'canon' logo. Everything works fine, but it certainly wore the newness off the 17-40, the 20D was already looking used :-).

When I first started doing sports with the 20D I had the 70-200 on order but it hadn't arrived. So I was using a 90-300 USM lens which is essentially all plastic... I was standing on the sideline of a rugby game and a touch judge ran past me clipping the front of the lens and it snapped off at the lens mount!

Years ago I dropped a OM4ti + Zuiko 180mm F/2.8 lens from a bridge onto a gravel river bed... The strap broke as I was changing position to get a better view of a jetboat race. The OM4 survived with flying colours (as they did, built like a brick shithouse) the lens however took a real pounding and luckily insurance covered it..

Cheers, Me.
04/18/2006 08:38:31 AM · #19
Originally posted by KiwiChris:



When I first started doing sports with the 20D I had the 70-200 on order but it hadn't arrived. So I was using a 90-300 USM lens which is essentially all plastic... I was standing on the sideline of a rugby game and a touch judge ran past me clipping the front of the lens and it snapped off at the lens mount!


LOL!!! That is soooo hectic!!
04/18/2006 08:58:43 AM · #20
oi,

im shivvering ...

my canon 300d rebel has gone through a lot, and its almost time to empty the piggy pank and get a 20d ... i was by the ocean snapping self portraits with my camera on a plastic tripod, and it was on some 'too-slippery-rocks' because walking back to see the results of my pics, i witnessed my camera and crappy tripod tip over and fall into seaweed, smash against a rock and into the salt water ... luckily i grabbed it at the instant it plunged into the water, so it didnt mess it up too bad ...

still works fine, but the onboard flash has a battle scar from the rocks ...

-- another time i was walking down a muddy hill to a muddy, puddly road below, and it was a little too steep, so i decided to jump down to the road, (about 4/5 feet) instead of risking slipping on my rump ... but my shoes werent that grippy, so when i hit the road, i fell backwards, and ofcourse, incredible me with my camera and flash in one hand, i planted the same hand to stop my fall somewhat ... needless to say, my sigma 18-50 and my rebel were coated in mud and water, and honestly, only cool people dont use lenscaps lol ... urgh,

so now i'm at least a little more careful, and i learned that even when i want to, i dont know how to fly ...

cheers,

the risk-taker
04/18/2006 09:05:30 AM · #21
On a ski shoot I did a few weekends ago I had my d200 and 12-24 lens mounted, out and ready to rock. Coming down one of the runs I made a turn on some ice and my skis went out from under me. I fell on my right side and had my camera in my right hand. Camera hit first, hard. I ended up with a bruised hip and some road rash (thanks to the ice). Camera? Broke the lens hood. Everything else worked fine, I put another 1000 shots through it that day. Of course now I'm having issues with it but I don't think it's related.

Other terrifying experiences:
Dog nocking entire backpack full of lenses off of a concrete ledge and 10.5 fisheye flying in the air and landing on concrete (still works).
Not zipping backpack all the way and doing a summersault in some powder coating everything inside backpack with snow, camera, lenses, flash (all still work).
Falling while skiing and putting arm out to catch myself, forgetting it's holding camera, held up to falling about 3 feet and then me falling on top of it.

What have I learned? Camera equipment can take a lot of abuse, I'm still pretty careful with my stuff but when you're out in the field the shot comes first. Also - insure your gear, just in case.
04/18/2006 09:16:08 AM · #22
thats the one thing I dont like about my backpack, I have been carrying a shoulder bag for about 2 months now... but my backpack I have to double check or remember to check if I zipped it up. One time i was washing clothes and on my way out to run to the store I figured I would take my camera so I put my backpack on and get to the door and it feels kind of light so I take it off an no camera & backpack open AHH!! so I run backdown stairs and my camera is sitting on my laundry bag.... WOW I got lucky, it had to fall out and land there (nice soft landing cause it was filled with clothes) .... Always check your backpacks!!!

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04/18/2006 09:24:04 AM · #23
I was on Lake Superior a year ago - very slippery ice - and fell and tried my best to protect the camera. I hit hard but the camera didn't hit too bad. It left a scuff but didn't affect it at all that I am aware of. I had a hurt shoulder for months.
04/18/2006 09:39:32 AM · #24
My camera bag (backpack) fell off a counter while still open, landed open upside down on hard tile. My 70-200 IS was attached to the camera, it survived thankfully, but the rear lcd cracked on the camera. It still took photos, but I couldn't view the exposure afterwards or use the menu on camera. I was forced to take more time in setting proper exposure and getting it right the first time rather than taking a shot, looking at the histogram, and re-adjusting from there. Using RAW exclusively was a little added insurance for exposure. I finally got it fixed, and they also replaced the shutter mechanisms, cleaned the sensor and gave it a tune up at no extra charge.
04/18/2006 09:59:31 AM · #25
I just bought a new 50 1.8 yesterday to replace the one that I dropped about a month ago. The one I dropped still works in manual focus. If it's on auto focus it grinds like a bad transmission. The sharpness of the pictures went down a bit when I dropped it as well. When I first got my camera I had it plugged into the computer downloading pictures when the dog got tangled in the cords and pulled it off on to the hard wood floor. Fortunately, nothing happened and it still works fine!
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