Unfortunately many of us will never cover an event like the Tour De France on the motorcycle or photograph penguins in the sub-zero artic. I’ve always wondered how far one can push the equipment before failure.
I myself will likely never push my equipment to right edge, not that I can afford to or have the level of photography that would get me “invited” to, but it be nice to know how much it can take. So, here’s a space for your stories of triumphs and tribulation in the almighty face of gravity and Mother Nature.
I’ve been caught in a 10 minute downpour shooting an outdoor event with my old D2Xs and a 70-200 f/2.8 VR1 with no cover. I kept the camera at my side away from the driving rain when I didn't need to shoot. I finished the event but my luck didn’t end there as I slipped on mud running away and dropped the camera on asphalt from about 4ft on to its head (pentaprism). Other than suffering some scratches on the top of the camera and the lens hood, everything survived!