This week, Reddit user u/ericgtr12 posted a story on the internet to vent: "Dropped my lens on the street"
"I dropped my sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 contemporary on a Yosemite trip yesterday, I didn't properly have my bag zipped up and it slipped out onto the road while I was running across to avoid traffic. I signaled the oncoming truck to avoid it as it bounced a couple of times rolling down the street. I was hoping it would still be usable but it scratched up the mount bad enough that it won't mount right on my Canon :(
I sent it off to Sigma today for an estimate, hoping it's salvageable but it's only a month old. I've been kicking myself ever since but I'm trying to look at it as a learning experience to not be such a dumbass and pay closer attention to what I am doing when putting my gear away. Just needed to vent, sigh."
The thread quickly went viral, as hundreds of people who had accident with their equipment started sharing their stories.
Here are some of the top-voted responses:
1. "Ouch. I feel for you. I dropped a 70-200/2.8 on a concrete floor. How sick to your stomach did you get when you heard it hit?"
2. "Dropped my favorite 50mm f1.4 at an event that paid less than a new lens cost. It exploded when it hit the ground. It’s an awful feeling and I think any long term shooter has been there is some way. Sucks."
3. "I dropped my 50mm face down while mounted to my 5D. At least my camera was ok."
4. "Hey man, I've been there, I dropped my Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM while on my A73 onto sand and a massive boulder. Luckily the lens hood took most of the hit. My heart sank at the moment of impact.. I feel ya"
5. "Dropped my 135L at a destination wedding in Mexico and it fell down stairs. The hood must have provided some cushion because the internal optics were mostly unharmed, it was just the mount that got wrecked. Sent to canon and it sings like has never been hurt. Moral of the story? Slow down. You have time. When you're moving your amazing gear around be gentle!"
6. "That sucks. I dropped one of my Hasselblad lenses on the ground once due to an improperly zipped bag. I thought I was going to throw up I was so upset. Thankfully it was a absolute tank and only cost about $250 to repair. The lens cap took the worst of the damage."
7. "Dropping my dad's DSLR is actually what got me into photography since I had to do research on what kind of camera I needed to buy as a replacement."
8. "I worked at a company full of camera geeks. An intern borrowed the presidents EF 200-400 F/4L. You bet he dropped that $12,000 lens."
9. "I was packing up my gear and my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens rolled off the top of my camera bag and fell about 6 inches to the hard tile floor. No visible damage and when I mounted it on the camera it took a photo and focused but I noticed the zoom ring was stiff. Boom! $750 or so for the repair at Nikon...and that was around 10 years ago. At the time the lens was $1800 so I had to pay the repair...Still have that lens and it's in perfect working order and I've taken many beautiful photos with it.
10. "A few years back my father had a strap fail and he dropped his (uninsured) Canon 300mm 2.8 into salt water, he now has a very expensive paperweight."
11. "Mine is cheaper, but I dropped sony alpha kit lens into the sea, literally. I was on a trip to Enoshima Island, which have many cliffs facing to the sea. I stopped photography for a year after that because of embarrassment."
12. "I recently sent a package with a 5k lens... I usually send such expensive gear insured but this requires to go to a special office which I wanted to avoid due to covid. I airmailed it instead thinking it would be more secure. The package is now lost and I am looking at getting the package cost back and a hundred bucks. Loss : 4900. I know it doesn’t bring your sigma back but... yes, horrible things happen."
13. "Ouch. I had my tripod blow over into a salt water rock pool, with my Canon 6D and a Canon 16-35 2.8L mounted on it. The lens snapped off at the base and rolled into some shallow salt water, so it was a write-off. The 6D was ok once I got the destroyed mount base from the lens off it."
14. "I dropped my Fuji X-T20 the first day I got it in the mail. I thought the straps were secure, but I've done goofed up and weren't secured at all."
15. "My daughter dropped my Tamron 150-600 when I'd only had it for a month. It seemed to work fine straight away but the next time I used it, it wouldn't focus to infinity. Nearly 800 bucks later..."
You can read the full thread of responses on Reddit.
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.
Get your gear insured. It's not cheap but at least not as much as having to pay for replacements.