As you all know, we trooped out to see the Hoodoo, yesterday.
However, while there I had a small accident. The first image I posted, of the
lake with the hoodoo in the lower center of the shot, was taken with the 12~40.
But, for the closer shots I needed the 100~400 Pana/Leica. So, I "borrowed"
my carbon-fibre monopod from Rose (who'd been using it as a walking stick) and
put the Oly+Pana on it. I then spun the whole thing horizontally, in order to
extend the lower leg of the monopod.
At that moment, the camera and lens fell off the monopod and hit the dirt!
The monopod head has a lock to ensure that can never happen - and I was sure
I'd checked it! But, obviously, it was not on securely and when I checked it,
I got it wrong.
To my amazement, the camera/lens combo landed flat, bottom side down, on soft
dirt. And, because I'd spun the monopod around, it fell from a height of just
under 3 feet. Both the camera and lens appear to work perfectly! And, 2 of
the 3 photos of the hoodoo that I posted were all taken AFTER the fall, with
the Oly/PanaLeica combo.
This morning I've done extensive testing &f everything... focus - both for
speed & accuracy, IS (both in the body & in the lens), all buttons & features
work just fine. And, there are no visible scars on the lens or body, either.
The excellent dust/rain/weather sealing seems to have done it's job, as well.
Mechanically, everything remains as smooth as ever.
I count myself very, very lucky!
Should you ever suffer such a fate, I hope you are lucky, too!
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