I finally dropped a lens after 13 years of photography.
It happened several weeks ago at a hockey game. I was hastily changing lenses and had three cameras in my hands at once, and the 50/1.8 slipped out of my hands onto the concrete floor.
Thankfully, the front cap was on, and it apparently landed on it, and absorbed the shock. I have a scuffed front cap to prove it. The lens seems ok mechanically, but I haven't used it enough to tell if it was affected optically.
I have never dropped a lens before, and don't intend to have it happen again. I once dropped a new Vivitar 285HV flash years ago; no damage.
A friend dropped a 70-200/2.8 when he tripped at a wedding recently. It snapped in half.
Nikon user since 2000
#1. "RE: I dropped a lens" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 15-Mar-10 02:04 PM
Ouch! The one nice thing about the 50mm f/1.8D is it is a very light weight lens so mass or lack there of, was working to your advantage. Hopefully it is ok.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: I dropped a lens" | In response to Reply # 0Len Shepherd Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003Tue 16-Mar-10 06:55 AM
To check out a lens for possible internal damage there is a simple "2 picture" test.
Tape a newspaper to a door. Align the camera with lens on a good tripod with the camera lens central to the target.
Get the camera in landscape position and take picture 1.
Now flip the tripod head through 180 degrees (easy if you started in landscape position), re-align and take a second picture.
If the centers and each corner a similarly sharp in both pictures the lens is likely to be OK.
If (say) one corner is unsharp in one corner in the first picture and the opposite corner is unsharp in the second picture there is internal damage to the lens.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
#3. "RE: I dropped a lens" | In response to Reply # 0ldrury Registered since 01st Jan 2005Tue 16-Mar-10 09:03 AM
A 50/1.8?? - you must have been a good boy in a past-life!
I haven't dropped one yet, but Murphys law would dictate it would be a much more expensive lens! I'm off to touch wood and rub a rabbit foot!