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Lens problem, case problem, or just dumb bad luck?
Martin McNeil, Photographer
London | London | United Kingdom | Posted: 6:49 AM on 01.24.15
->> So here's a head-scratcher.

In April of 2012, I traveled to Sweden for an assignment and, whilst over there, my 70-200mm lens broke; I suspect that it had been suffered a knock or bump whilst being briefly unattended whilst shooting a mixed martial arts training session in a gym environment, as the VR element had come loose and was rattling around inside the lens body.

In late November of 2013, I ran into the same issue, though with a twist; I had flown from London to California with all of my shooting gear packed into a Peli 1510, stored overhead as carry-on. The lens was in perfect working order when I packed it away but, when I mounted it to my camera after arriving, boom - the VR element had detached again.

Fast forward to yesterday where I'm once more back in Sweden. Again, lens was fine when packed away into my 1510 before the short two-hour flight... but one of the elements was detached when I took it out. Didn't look like it was the VR unit this time around, though, and there wasn't the same heavy rattle of a major element being loose.

Neither of my flights suffered any major turbulence, and all of the other gear packed in my 1510 was in good order and, even being a sturdy case, I ensure that I move it around with care.

Still, I'm left wondering as to whether I'm simply falling victim to bad luck, or if the age of the lens (almost 10 years) is a factor... or if the materials / workmanship of the repairs are somehow a factor in the repeated failures.

Ideas and opinions welcome, thanks.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 8:59 AM on 01.24.15
->> It was probably caused by vibration which jiggled the small internal screws to back out. Most repair guys I know put a little nail polish on the screws which pretty much prevents this from happening. As I remember Canon lenses were more prone to this problem than Nikon.
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