Last Shot in the Life of a Lens

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Last night I headed up to Twin Peaks to do a little shooting. Those of you who’ve followed my stuff know that this is a favorite place of mine to shoot. I had a dinner for a non-profit thing earlier in the night where I was speaking and had the suit on and the whole thing so I thought I’d head up there and take a few night shots of the City and freshen up a series of self portraits I’d shot there a few years ago.

The views on the top of Twin Peaks are spectacular. So I put my 24mm on my 5D and began shooting a series of timer shots. After this shot I went to adjust my camera and take the next shot. Everything was set. But it was dark up there and as I walked around my camera and tripod to return to the scene for the next photograph I accidently knocked one of the legs of my tripod with my own leg. And down she went. Hard.

The 24mm f/1.4 broke the fall. And after that it no longer works. It’s pretty banged up and won’t focus and sounds loose and I guess I finally killed it. The thing was pretty much on it’s last leg anyways. I’ve shot with it almost every day for almost 2 years. I’d broken the manual/auto focus switch off a while back. So it only worked with autofocus, which is a pain. But, I’ll miss that broken old lens. The Canon 24mm f/1.4 has been a favorite of mine and it’s an old friend that is now gone.

So this morning I hopped on to B&H;’s website and bit the bullet and bought a replacement 24mm f/1.4. It should arrive on Friday. The nice news is that it’s about $500 cheaper than what it was a few years ago. Still expensive of course.

To try and make myself feel a little bit better over the loss I also splurged and bought the L Series 14mm ultra wide angle prime.

Anyways a sad story that ends unsatisfyingly (is that a word?) with promise, but also with me being out a chunk of change. I’m sure I’ll grow to love my new 24mm as much as my old. But me and my old 24mm had some great days indeed.

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7 Comments

  1. laanba says:

    Ouch! So sorry about your lens, although it looks like it was working hard right to the end. Love the shot.

  2. Guess if it had to go down, at least it was doing what it loved :). Looking forward to Matt’s opening tommorow night…see yah there.

  3. Zara says:

    Here’s to the old 24 and those like her. Damn few left.

    Glad you took the opportunity to pick up the 14mm! I dropped the 50mm f1.2 the other day, and the 300mm last month. They’re doing OK, but it’s good to know there’s solace available. Probably in the form of a 600mm or the 1Ds… 😉

  4. I’m not sure why you’re not at least trying to get it fixed, generally an “L” lens with no broken glass can be repaired for far less than the cost of replacement.

    Send it to Canon, all you’re risking is the FedEx charge.

    My 24/1.4 has held up pretty well. Just a few weeks ago it took a knee from a stage diver trying (and failing) to go over me. I got a bloody nose and a fat lip from the camera slamming into my face, but the lens was fine.

    It did have the mount locating screw fall out once though, the lens then over-rotated when mounted and trashed the camera’s electrical contacts, a $280ish repair.

  5. Jonathan says:

    At least the lens went out on a high – the last few shot it took were awesome. I hope that you’re planning a decent burial…

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a fabulous location – it deserves more! What’s the point of buying such expensive lenses if you don’t make the effort on composition and focus?

  7. Ade says:

    Ouch. I recently dropped a 5D in its padded case and it landed on the rim of the attached EF 24-70L lens. That managed to smash the UV filter and distort the outer ring it was screwed into. Fortunately it only cost £20 to repair. Plus a new filter.

    Incidentally, on the 5D you can focus manually with a lens still switched to auto by switching the function of the exposure lock button (in custom functions).

    That means that the (*) button triggers the autofocus and the shutter is just the shutter. It’s kind of semi-automatic. You just tap the (*) button if you want to use autofocus instead. No more ‘half-pressing’ or recomposing required any more.