While photographing Michelle at a group shoot in Arizona, I was using two camera bodies. My Canon EOS 1D N Mark II had a Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 soft focus lens mounted, while my EOS 60D has a EF 28-105mm zoom lens attached.
I set the EOS 1D N Mark II down on a table behind me and while composing this image shooting with the EOS 60D I backed into the table, knocking the other camera onto the hardwood floor. All I heard was the sound of breaking glass and assumed I ‘d knocked a ceramic figurine off the table. I turned around to see the lens on the floor; still mounted to the camera but broken in three places like a twig.
After I e-mailed him a photo of the broken lens, a Canon technician told me that the cost of repair would exceed purchasing a new one but since it was my favorite lens, I bit the bullet and eventually purchased another one. Believe it or not, I later sold the broken lens, as-is, on eBay that included a copy of the photograph that I was making. Tip: Don’t throw any piece of photo gear away until you see if somebody is offering something similar
The above is the actual photo of the broken EF 135mm f/2.8 SF lens that ran on eBay and helped me sell the lens. OK is was for less than $35 but that was way more than I expected.