Hi all, just out of curiosity and as a way of possibly serving as a warning to others I was wondering what the worst thing thats happened to you, camera failure, dropping gear, lost photos etc. My worst was when the mirror on my 5d decided to fall off in the middle of a shoot, a known problem now fixed. So whats you photography disaster and whats are your tips for avoiding one
My worst disaster was when my 24-105 broke during a trip to France
I got so annoyed that I went to a FNAC store and bought what they had, a tremendously expensive 24-70
I didnt thought straight, later I realized, even though the lens was very sharp and open up to f2.8, that it was bulky and the lens hood didnt fit in my bag, and finally, that it didnt have image stabilization!
Some days later I managed to trade it for a 24-105 in Paris, probably the most expensive business I ever did
My advice is, dont do anything on the heat of the moment, during my trip I had a 17-40 and a 70-300, so I could manage to take my photos mostly with them, the old 24-105 was still working, erratically, but with some patience I could take the pictures, and if I could wait more three days I would be able to exchange it for a new one in Paris, much cheaper.
Once I was going to shoot a firework in Moscow. I had done this once and had took a lesson. So, I had had a serios preparation thinking on point of shoot, exposure, tripod and all the things of the sort taking into account all possible circumstances.
I was completely ready to shoot it.
But when the event started I discovered that my memory card was not inside my camera but at home...
I was ready to kill myself, really.
7d + lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 100mm/2.8 USM Mac...
I forgot my camera (and the whole camera bag) when going to a shoot. Brought my lighting and everything else, but no camera... had to apologize and head back home to get it, at least everyone was understanding.
True both end up with the same result. After a few weeks it looks like we are all either really lucky, really careful or too embarrassed to own up to silly mistakes. Or maybe theres not many reading this
True story...For those that have taken photos of lions or other wild animals this may make more sense. I was out taking photos at a game reserve on an open land-rover, as it was a private reserve we were able to get really close to the animals. I was using a 500mm lens and had zoomed out to fill the frame with a male lion. The lion was very aggressive and at one point it decided to mock charge our vehicle. Through being fully zoomed out to the lion, the charge caught me off guard and seemed much closer than it really was, I felt like the lion was right on top of me and I had little time to react. Needless to say, I got such a fright I fell backwards off my seat onto the floor of the vehicle with camera and gear on top of me and a terrified look on my face. The other people in the vehicle were more intrigued by my upside down pose than the lions mock charge and my face turned from terror to extreme embarrassment and theirs from amazement to hysterical laughter once I told them why I was on the floor of the vehicle. Anyhow, luckily the only thing damaged was my ego and a bruised bottom, the camera etc remained unharmed...Silly lion!!!
lens, 18-135 DX ED Nikkor, 24-85 f2.8 FX Nikkor, 50-500mm Sigma EX AP...
I go to photograph a kite expo, thunderstorm. I go to photograph a hot air balloon launch, too much wind. I go to photograph the cityscape of Philadelphia, rained for 3 days. I go to the arctic circle, the most spectacular aurora borealis occurs THE NIGHT BEFORE I arrive.
Moral of the story, if you're planning an outdoor event, DO NOT invite me to photograph it!
Bought a new memory card, one with high speed, didn't really test it out, rushed to a wedding event and shoot, camera keep reporting card error XD lost quite a alot of photos...few days later nikon released a new firmware and got it fixed =.= and at the same night(the wedding night), my camera focusing was seriously way off, people's faces were blur and I felt so sad T___T cos it's my friend's wedding, he hired me and he is a photographer himself....he will for sure notice the flaws...XD