sometimes life bites!!! I decided to share my story here and in as many places as possible in hopes of helping someone else out here in cyberworld avoid making a similar mistake to the rather LARGE error I made today.
As most of you might have picked up from my previous messages I'm a pretty careful person and things that I buy have to last a LONG time. So I wait until I can get what I truly want instead of just settling. Well my long wait for a Digital SLR finally was met this Christmas. My DH got me the most amazing Nikon D80 with a 18-135mm lens, along with a fabulous Manfrotto tripod with a pistol grip rotating ball head mount.
This morning I was photographing the projects that needed to be sent off to Paper Crafts today. I needed to go to the other room to get something after setting everything up and taking a couple of pictures. Being that I was right in the main traffic pattern of our kitchen I wanted to be ubber careful that an accident wouldn't happen with the kids scurrying by, so I moved my camera, on the tripod, in to the corner. I made certain it was nicely settled and walked away. I had only made it maybe 10 feet, when behind me there was the most enormous crash. Yes - my camera had tipped over smashing it and the lens into little pieces all over the hardwood floor. Needless to say after the initial shock and more than a few tears, I have decided that I need to share what happened in hopes that someone else doesn't do the exact same thing I did.
I had no idea that the weight of the camera could tip the tripod right over. This is a substantial tripod - it's heavy - but all of you out in cyberworld please know that there is a lot more to be done with a tripod than just having your camera securely attached. Unfortunately I had no idea that when I had pivoted the camera into a vertical position it extended too far out between the two legs. I still don't know how it happened, physics - gosh darn physics!!! I thought I was good at physics, but apparently I am VERY bad - it didn't even dawn on me! The weight of the camera and lens pulled the whole thing over. There wasn't a soul near it - it just toppled. So hard lesson learned - NEVER pivot your camera vertically and leave it standing on a tripod - even the best tripod in the world. I'm not certain if I needed to have a weight bag hanging from the tripod, or what I did wrong at this point, but needless to say I'm very sad. I have to hope that their is a miracle in the works out there and that perhaps I will be able to get a new camera, but this baby's toast! I don't think that it's even fixable based on the number of little pieces I see in the pile we collected.
SO please be on the alert with your new camera gear and even if you think you are being careful, be just that much more careful!
Well, I guess that's it - I'm going to call my Mom - you know it's always good to talk with your Mom when you're just a little sad Ü