My second 50mm lens broke today (mega-suck), with a whimper, an anti-climatic, non-violent dishonorable death. I’m not willing to blame myself for this one (unlike last time, when it was most certainly my fault). The replacement lens (new as of this March!) always had a lot of give to it, and had recently been making a disturbing grinding noise during certain focusing scenarios. Anyway, the front element just came off in my bag – I picked up the camera and half the lens stayed behind. So I guess I’ll ship it back to Canon and see if they’re feeling generous. Considering the sum total number of dollars I’ve sent them over the years, I’d hope so.
But. All this makes me think I need stricter camera care rules. No more putting the camera into my shoulder bag, camera case only. No more carrying that case unclipped, and time to replace the crumpler with something with a little more room. Also, I need to be getting some kind of insurance as I move towards better and better lenses (this, this is next).