July 6, 2015 at 3:40PM

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Camera horror stories :D

Today I was messing around with my panasonic g6 and sony 16-50mm f2.8 for a music video.... it was held together by some cheap chinese a-mount to mft adapter.... I decided to zoom in on the model's butt and suddenly my lens is in my hand. I check and basically the adapter failed and fell in pieces.... I was really blessed that I was still holding the lens, a few seconds later or earlier I would have dead lens... what are your funny or scary equipment stories?

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I would throw away that junk adapter and get something a little more solid. It's not worth risking your expensive glass to save a few bucks with a crappy adapter.

July 6, 2015 at 6:40PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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thats what I usually do... but I never found a solid a mount to mft adapter with possibility to change the aperture.... first time I ever had this experience

July 7, 2015 at 12:58AM

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gandulf charpentier
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The Novoflex Sony A to m4/3 adapter is the only one I've seen that looks rock solid, but it costs almost $300. Ouch!

July 7, 2015 at 11:36AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The scariest for me was back when I was a large format ( 6x7cm, 4x5, 8x10 cameras ) studio photographer and working with somebody else's Speedotron 2403B flash pack with abused flash-head cabling. ( lots of lazy people yank on the flash cable to pull the plug from the flash pack, and this eventually f*cks up the electrical connections in the flash-head cable )

I went to move the flash pack to make more room on the set and the flash-head cable arc'd about three inches from my hand and there was a huge blue flash and a boom like a 12-gage shotgun shell just blew next to my hand. It totally scared the sh*t out of me.

On another shoot I had to dip my hand in green paint and hold a red apple for a close-up shot we were shooting with the Polaroid 20x24 inch camera that was on loan to Toronto for 10 days or so. Because we were working with an aperture of something like f/360, my hand had to be lit with roughly 30,000 watt-seconds of light. In order to get the shot I had to position my hand in exactly the right spot, then close my eyes when the flash went off. On the first shot, I could see the bones in my hand even with my eyes closed ( it wasn't x-rays so I was safe ), and there was a blast of heat that felt like I was toasting my skin for a split-second. For the next couple of shots I made sure to turn my head away when the flash went off, as I was spooked about destroying my eyesight from the intensity of the flash that was 12 inches from my hand.

July 6, 2015 at 6:55PM, Edited July 6, 6:58PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Zooming in on lensdropping butts is always risky... ;-)

July 15, 2015 at 6:40AM

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WalterBrokx
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