From the very first expensive lens I owned, there has always been a protective lens filter. Insurance. Precaution. Caution. In the normal course of business I never needed it…
I have never had this happen. I treat my cameras pretty carefully. But I do not baby them. They are all in use. There is exposure to dust and rain involved. And I suppose some rough handling. When I was diving there was the threat of ocean salt water. I have/am guilty of frying more than one camera underwater. This was a new one (mishap) for me. The camera slipped from my shoulder and the front of the lens hit a folding chair. As you can see there is a consequence to a forceful meeting. Luckily it only cooked the skylight filter and not the front element of my very expensive spiffy lens. I’ll replace the filter and thank my stars that for the first time – a filter actually did what I bought it to do – protect my lens. Praise Jesus, pass the alcohol.
My original title was: “Loser”… too unkind. It could’ve happened to me.
Well, maybe wind challenged? Umm…? So this played out next to us. Poor guy. A small kid. Don’t get scorched. Put up an umbrella. Of course, if you are a tourist to the beach, go cheap. And light (weight). And, you get what you pay for. Throw good money after bad…? You can rent: hourly, daily, week – an umbrella, beach chairs. A good looking young woman will even plant the umbrella and take it away. Easy. No muss, no fuss. Ok, not a loser. Amateur! It was fun to watch. I made up a whole side bar narrative to go along with the pics. Bottom line – go with a better umbrella.