We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents.—Bob Ross
When photographing Michelle (below) at a group shoot in Arizona, I was using two camera bodies something I don’t often do. And maybe after reading this you’ll know why. I was making window light portraits of her in an old building and I was using a EOS 60D with an EF 28-105mm zoom lens (at 102mm) with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800. My other camera was an EOS 1D N Mark II with an EF 135mm f/2.8 soft focus lens, during a time when I used that particular lens for everything.
At one point during the session, I set the EOS 1D N Mark II down on a table behind me and while composing another portrait of Michelle using the EOS 60D I backed into the table. All I heard was the sound of breaking glass and assumed I ‘d knocked a ceramic figurine off the table. Wrong. I knocked the other camera off onto the hardwood floor and turned around to see the lens—still mounted to the camera— broken in three places like a twig.
After returning home, I e-mailed a photo of the broken lens to a Canon technician who told me that the cost of repair would exceed purchasing a new one but since it was (and remains) my favorite lens I bit the bullet and eventually bought a new one that I still use, even though it’s been discontinued by Canon.
And now the story gets weird or at leas weirder: I sold the broken lens, as-is, on eBay as a package 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 for sale. At right 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 it sold for less than $35 but that was way more than I expected.