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12-11-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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I had a little accident...

I just managed to tumble my tripod with K5+DA*300 attached to it on floor. Luckily tripod was at lowest position when I crashed into it in dark room. Lens was pointing towards ground and tripod fell so that camera and lense fell upside down and tripod came straight onto them.

DA*300 seems to be ok apart some minor dents in the hood and minor crack on the tripod collar socket where the tripod mount claws go.

The K5 body took some more damage as the hotshoe rails got bent and something started to keep odd noise inside camera when I turn it on or take a picture. I think that the sound comes from the aperture mechanism as I can hear it when I use dof-preview.

Bayonet seems to be ok eventhough it sure took a massive force in both lense and body.

I guess I'll have to call my insurance company tomorrow if they are willing to pay the repair or redeem the body and atleast inspect the lense...


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12-11-2014, 11:15 AM   #2
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Ohhh Wow! So sorry for this unfortunate accident! I do hope your insurance will be of benefit.
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Sorry to hear about your accident.. I heard more accidents out of the tripod set up than not related to tripods (other accidents I experienced due to camera bag unzipped). Reminds us that we have to be extra cautious with cameras mounted on tripods.
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So sorry that has to be a terrible feeling.

Rule#1 never leave a tripod with gear on it unattended
Rule#2 always zip your gear bag closed, every time

Don`t ask me why those two rules are important:-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Rule#1 never leave a tripod with gear on it unattended
Rule#2 always zip your gear bag closed, every time
Rules to live by. I recently dropped a lens because the bag was open. I got a lot luckier than I deserved (it'll never happen again).
I'd do a little checking before I made an insurance claim, BTW. If the camera is damaged, assess repair cost vs buying a new one (there are some good deals right now). If your insurance is like mine, there'll be a deductible, and the insurance company will likely raise your rates enough that they'll recover twice what they pay out (I have had bad experiences with insurance companies).
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More rules to live by..

1) Always put your gear at the lowest possible place as to decrease the acceleration due to gravity and stop at the end.

2) I second the put things away and zipped.

3) Only have your gear *out* when you are using it.

4) Pets/kids will find whatever location you put something, and trip/kick/bite/soak it.

5) Your spouse/SO will not realize you put something in a place where normally they would see it, but for some reason, it is invisible that ONE time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jrpower10 Quote
Rules to live by. I recently dropped a lens because the bag was open. I got a lot luckier than I deserved (it'll never happen again).
I'd do a little checking before I made an insurance claim, BTW. If the camera is damaged, assess repair cost vs buying a new one (there are some good deals right now). If your insurance is like mine, there'll be a deductible, and the insurance company will likely raise your rates enough that they'll recover twice what they pay out (I have had bad experiences with insurance companies).
+1 for that !
Insurances companies will, in their normal course of action:
1. Try first to deny the claim
2. Check if your premiums are paid up to date ... sorry if you are late !
3. Fully apply any deductible.
4. Raise your premium even if it is your first claim, most of the time.
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I have an extra insurance rider on my photography equipment. Anytime I add a new piece of equipment I email the updated inventory to the agent. I hope I never have to make a claim, but it is nice knowing it's there, and it doesn't cost much.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
I have an extra insurance rider on my photography equipment. Anytime I add a new piece of equipment I email the updated inventory to the agent. I hope I never have to make a claim, but it is nice knowing it's there, and it doesn't cost much.
X2 Me too. Never had to use it. It makes me feel more comfortable.
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Thank you all for kind words!

I contacted my insurance company and they will pay for the repair and I pay only 100 euros deductible. Next step is to send lense and body for inspection to get a cost estimation. That I will do after christmas so I can take christmas photos and test for damages.

Once again lesson learned...
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
So sorry that has to be a terrible feeling.

Rule#1 never leave a tripod with gear on it unattended
Rule#2 always zip your gear bag closed, every time

Don`t ask me why those two rules are important:-)
Yup. I figured Rule #2 out the hard way...
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