‘Accidents Will Happen
By Jack Berglund
There are lots of sayings in the English language which turn out to be very apt. This morning I confirmed that ‘more haste’ does mean ‘less speed’. I had noticed a bird (of the feathered variety) outside my wBindow and decided I wanted to take a photo. I have been considering renting a long (300 or 400mm) lens one weekend to try some bird photography and I thought this would be a good chance to try some test shots before taking the plunge. However, in my haste to change lenses, I left my 12-24mm lens on its side on the table in my living room. Apparently NY apartments aren’t 100% level and it promptly rolled off on to the floor with a smash.
As you can see in the photo, all did not go well. I’m hoping the damage is superficial but the UV filter is not only smashed but also dented in some way that makes it impossible to remove. I’ll let you know how the repair experience goes. It does confirm one thing, always put a UV filter on your lenses for protection. They are cheap, don’t make a noticeable difference to image quality and will save your lens one day.
Remember: ‘A stitch in time, really does save nine’.