Okay, first check out the image (not sure how to embed it) . . . . . . . .
What is that you ask?!
Well, thats my camera backpack sinking into the ocean. I was sitting at the top of a cliff, took of my pack so I could sit, placed the pack, it rolled, and went off the cliff. I watched it fall in slow motion!!! All I could say was "Oh NO!". in the 1/billionth of a second as it fell, I did an inventory of what I lost...
I should mention, I moved my 14-24/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 and D800e out of the backpack and put them on my TT belt for easy access just a few minutes before!!! (along with my Singh-ray duo)
I lost my sb800, and dr-6, and a few minor filters, along with the bag.
Okay, it's still some $$$, but I'm looking at I did NOT look my camera nor my glass!
I watched for a few minutes as the bag went down...it did float for a few!
That sounds lucky to me. I would be extremely relieved if I was in your shoes. The thought of losing (good) glass or the D800 would be a serious blow to me. Is your name on the bag? I wonder where it may go. I am sure you've all heard about that story this week about a woman who lost her underwater digital camera in the ocean somewhere on west coast of North America. It ended up washing ashore in Taiwan and the person who found it was still able to pull pictures off the flash card. If your contact info is in it, you may hear in 2 years that your backpack washed ashore in China or Japan or the Philippines. Though, I seriously doubt anything you lost will be salvageable. But, still, considering you dodged a major bullet, it would be fun to guess where in the world your backpack ultimately ends up.
PPA's coverage is garbage. Not worth joining if you're just looking for insurance. They'll depreciate your equipment value quickly and you'll be lucky if you get 50% of the value after it's 5yrs old.
I use my private insurance carrier and keep the camera gear under a valuable personal property policy. Costs me about $120/year but it's well worth the peace of mind. And I'm confident they'll give me replacement value instead of some bastardized depreciated price.
Sun 07-Apr-13 06:33 PM | edited Sun 07-Apr-13 06:33 PM by Phil5780
Sounds like some fish are now learning flash photography!
But seriously, I'm always paranoid about dropping gear or getting it stolen. So every time the camera or bag moves position it's always attached to me.
If I take off the camera it's zipped into my bag. If the bag isn't strapped to me then it's between my legs through the strap. If I'm somewhere crowded and/or dangerous (a cliff) then I always leave that camera strapped on.
Sorry for you camera gear loss. I can see the precession of lenses and slr's grieving the loss of a great flash
How high was the cliff? Unless that was really cold water, or shark infested, I'd have been swimming after it... heck, maybe even if it was shark infested. Definitely would have been swimming either way if the body and lenses were in it, but then it wouldn't have floated for so long.
That's a bummer, but at least you have some memorable photos.