Daniel Cox, an award winning wildlife photographer who has had his work on the cover of National Geographic, and other major magazine; was on a trip in Canada shooting Polar Bears. One day he had a guest joining him on the shoot, this guest’s lens of choice was the $10,000 Nikkor 600mm F4.
All was well and good until the Daniel, who was busy shooting the polar bears at the time, saw this lens falling from the “buggy” 14 feet onto the Tundra. The lens broke completely in half on impact, as you can see in the included picture. According to Daniel the guest photographer was a good sport and even posed for a picture with the destroyed lens.
Luckily for her the lens was insured, so it was most likely replaced. It would be hard for me to be much of a good sport if I had just destroyed a 10K lens without insurance. But if I had it insured then it would be much easier to be a good sport about it. In a case like that I would imagine it feels a bit like totaling your car, it sucks for a bit but you know your insurance will take care of it so in the grand scheme of things you know it will be alright.
You can read the full story on Daniel’s website here, its a good read – even with the unhappy ending.
What are your thoughts on this? What would you do if you broke a lens that expensive? Let us know in a comment below.
[via Nikon Rumors]