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Old May 10, 2014, 7:12 PM   #1
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Default One Near-Disaster Friday at the Air Show

As I crawled around inside the KC-10, I stepped down a steep set of steps to the space where the boom operator works when hooking up to the planes being re-fueled and I had the 7-14 Panasonic mounted on the E-M1 for shooting in the confined space. About half-way down the steps my bag became hooked on the rail and my 12-40mm f2.8 tumbled out of the bag, smashed down the steps and hit at the bottom, a 4-5 foot fall onto surfaces that were, lets just say, not carpeted....and the front lens cap was not mounted...

Fortunately, the hood was on and suffered a pretty good scratch, and the lens took a good hit (but no ding) near the L-fn button and lost a little bit of finish where the zoom ring meets the body. Otherwise, no dings or dents and works perfectly with no apparent issues. The hood even stayed on and the front element is perfect. This is one well-made lens.
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Old May 10, 2014, 8:03 PM   #2
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Lucky you !

When something like that happen, it seems that the time stop for a while ! I had the same experience with the 50-500 (which is way heavier) ... and only the UV filter was broken
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Old May 11, 2014, 6:44 PM   #3
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That is a scary story and a testament to the quality of the lens, glad to hear it was okay and the lens didn't crack the window the boom operator looks through
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