April 21 my wife and I left for our 10 day trip to the Galapagos Islands. Fantastic place! Before going I was assembling the gear I planned to take and suddenly decided it might be a good idea to install a 77mm clear filter on both the 24-70 AF-S and the 70-200 AF-S lens.
We were staying aboard the National Geographic Islander ship for the 10 days. On the second night the ship started to roll a bit with 3 to 4 ft swells. Nice sleeping! But at 2AM both my wife and I awoke to a loud thump on the floor.
My D700 with the 24-70 lens attached had rolled off the shelf sitting 5 ft above the floor. It landed with a thump and I did not want to even look at it until later, when we got up.
There was damage. The clear filter was cracked at the point of impact. The filter unscrewed easily and no damage was done to the lens threads or the lens or camera. Wow! I am now a believer in the value of using a filter at all times!
We continued to have a fine trip and I encourage anyone who thinks they may want to go to the Galapagos to do so as soon as they can. Truly the trip of a lifetime for my wife and I.
After talking to many of the other guests aboard, and hearing of their other travels, she now wants to go to Antarctica next. What have I got myself into? Perry