Hey everyone, Not sure this is the correct section for this question but here goes, I just picked up a nikkor 70-200 f4 for my d800. I carry them in a lowpro messenger bag ,given their combined length I rest the lens with body attached with the front of the lens resting on the bottom of the bag.Am I risking damage to my equipment by carrying them this way? Thank you all for your responses. Mike
>I disagree somewhat with Mick. > >IMO, a lens-down carry should suspend your rig in a bag tall >enough to keep the front of the lens off the bottom. > I somewhat agree with Howard. That would be ideal.
But as a practical matter, I think the key is to have your equipment snug in a bag- not so tightly packed that mounts and components are stressed, not so loose that it is flopping around, again stressing mounts and equipment as it bangs about in the bag.
Jon is right, this stuff is pretty rugged, but there are limits. Just use good sense.
While on my way to a bear photo tour, I dropped my D800, with my new 80-400 attached, on to a wooden sidewalk from chest height. It came down on an angle on the sun shield and drove the shield up the lens about a 1” on one side. I managed to get the shield off of the lens but parts the plastic rings that the shield twists on to were sheared off. (Damage to the filter ring?)
The camera and lens functioned perfectly for the entire tour. The only change seemed to be that the shield felt firmer on the lens but looser when reversed. The limit on the quality of the images was the guy behind the camera. Nikon has it now and it will be a $245 bill to replace the ring.
The biggest challenge was keeping the D800 stable at 300-400 mm on a Zodiac with 6 other shooters clamouring for the shot. I think that this is a great camera/lens combination.
While some of my shoulder bags support the camera with the lens hanging down, other lenses in the bag would be resting on their ends. I've never had damage to lenses, or any equipment for that matter, when they are in the bag and the bag is not slammed into something. All my damage has come from dropping lenses on hard ground from the height of several feet — and even then, usually it's just the filter ring getting bent.
In general, I think some people worry too much about potential equipment damage. Even the low end, plastic equipment is actually pretty rugged. As long as you don't drop it on hard ground…
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>I think my main concern is if there is undo stress on the lens >to body lockup.
1. If the lens is hanging from the body, with the rig suspended in the bag, then you are simply using the body + lens as designed. Carry the rig that way for decades. No problems.
2. If the front of the lens is resting on the bottom of the bag, camera body mounted and its weight pressing down, then you are simply using the body + lens as designed. Carry the rig that way for decades. No problems.
The only problem that might arise with #2 is when you put the bag down a bit harder than normal. If the bottom pad in the bag is thick enough and if it's also the correct density, you probably won't cause any damage. Put the bag down too hard without the benefit of adequate bottom padding, and you might do some damage. As well, if the bag is a bit too small for the rig and the top flap or top zipper closure is snugged down tightly over the back of the camera body, then the bottom padding will be compressed somewhat and the potential for damage caused by impact will increase.
I try to keep the end of the lens off the bottom or sides of the bag.
When backpacking I have my Lowepro Slingshot bag attached with straps to the top of my backpack. One day the backpack fell over from a standing postion ..... The lens, with weight of camera behind it, smashed into the ground with only the padding of the bag to protect it.
The impact was not very severe but the filter on the front of the lens was smashed and some of the glass fragments left a few tiny scratches on the coating on the front element of the lens. No other damage and the lens still makes nice images but the lesson was learned.