I made it back a week ago after some serious vacation time at disney world in Orlando (man it was freezing, remember I am used to Cancun weather around 90 all year round)
well I learned a couple of lessons I need to share to you guys.
1.-I have a black rapid strap attached to my d700 camera, I love this strap and I am not going to change it, but on day 7 of my vacation, I was taking some stuff into a locker, and leaned over to grab the jacket when all of a sudden my d700 went plummeting down to the carpet in the room, I managed to grab it in my knees before falling to the ground!! what happened was that with my jacket and stuff, I extended the strap a little bit more than usual, and it slipped away, I placed a secure pin on the strap after this and worked perfectly, also I wont let the strap be so long any more. I will send a note to black rapid to inform them of this, maybe they can come up with a solution or a fixs
lesson #1, dont let the black rapid strap be too close to the end (meaning too long) even if you are a big guy like me, try and keep at least 3 inches of strap in the end. If you can place a safety pin in there, do it by all means, its better to err on the safe side than to have a camera drop.
2.-on day 16 of my vacation, I DROPPED the camera to the ground, this time for real I was carrying the camera in the wais bag fromt he Think tank rotation360, as the camera fit perfectly, there was enought room for the flash unit and it let me carry around some stuff while camera was out. During this weird day, I forgot my ticket to the park and had to run back to the lobby to get a new room card, in this fast move, I placed my camera inside the bag and zipped it, but upon request of ID, I opened the bag and never closed it, as it was not in my wais, I carried it back onto my shoulder with the zipper opened and OUCH!! the camera, my baby, my love, went to the ground!!!
I checked it, and was working fine, no problems, the card was a little out, so it made for an ERR signal that was fixed really fast by ejecting an reinserting the CF card.
Then I noticed when trying to use the flash, that the hotshoe was warped!! really bad, and it made for a very ugly day!!, finally I got some cast members at Magic Kingdom to loan me a small flat screwdriver to try and fix that, which I managed to do, I was able to load the flash and fire it.
lesson #2, make sure your bags are used in the way they were designed to be worn, and always make sure to close your bags when the camera strap is not on your neck or shoulders. More so if you are in a hurry.
Hope this helps guys!! please do take into consideration.
#1. "RE: learned lessons from my vacations" In response to Reply # 0
New York, US
I bet a lot of us have picked up a camera bag when it wasn't securely closed. Or taken off a jacket and tossed it somewhere, forgetting that there was a lens in a pocket.
And neckstraps are made to wear out. All of them. The more sophisticated the closures, the more items to break. Fifteen years ago I was vacationing in Japan, walking down a stone hillside with a camera around my neck on a Nikon strap. The strap parted, the camera falls, and I catch it by the lens. I now regularly check the components of my neck straps!
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#2. "RE: learned lessons from my vacations" In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for sharing your experience. It is a good reminder to double check our straps and bags and to slow down and think before acting. I hope you had a Great time on your vacation. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#5. "RE: learned lessons from my vacations" In response to Reply # 0
Rural Virginia, US
I learned lesson #2 the hard way as well. Fortunately the damage did not require a trip to the service center.
My biggest lesson learned so far is to always take a back up body. During a trip to Europe my body failed and I had to buy a replacement in Vienna. It was the first time I decided to "travel light" by not having a second body. Of course the presence of a backup ensures that the primary will never fail - and I have experienced no failures since.
#9. "RE: learned lessons from my vacations" In response to Reply # 8
This sounds painful. I hope the damage wasn't too extensive or at least you can get it repaired. I'm sure for all of us, the dread of dropping any of our beloved gear would really hurt.
I use Lowepro bags, and if I open it to take out the camera, even for a brief moment, I always click the locking connectors (even if I don't zip it shut with the intention of returning the camera shortly thereafter). That way, if I grab the bag, it is generally safe, but will immediately become apparent that I need to close it properly.
I always try to ensure that I take the time to close things beforehand, just to avoid painful experiences like you had.
#10. "RE: learned lessons from my vacations" In response to Reply # 9
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I usually have my stuff in a Domke bag, but this time around, I decided to just carry my d700 and flash, so I took the waist system from the think tank 360. And before and more even after, this happened, whenever I opened my bag, I made sure the camera strap was around my neck.
This is basically, what happened, I got too worried about having my stuff done at the front desk that I totally forgot to zip my bag
Yes it is a painful experience.
I was in shock, I did not really grasped the seriousness of the fail after a long time and then it came as a shock when I did find out that the flash hotshoe was damaged, it was a cold water bucket.
But fortunately enough I was able to fiz it.
It is still damaged, I will have to find the time to send the camera to service, hopefully I can find the time to do it while in the US, menaning I will have to send that from Mexico before I get to the US and then get it back to where I will be staying at.
It is hard.
But I will be a lot happier if this experience can help some of you guys to take more precautions and be more alert, basically it was MY mistake and can not blame anyone for it.