I was shooting a Jeep event this past weekend and, as my usual case, I traveled with two cameras. One for a short lens and one for a long lens. I place my long lens on a footed monopod which makes it easier for me to walk around with as I don't have a big, heavy camera swinging off my neck and shoulders. My typical situation is that I will place the stand down next to me and plant my foot on one of the extended feet on the monopod to maintain control of the camera (and so no one picks it up and walks off with it).
Well, I was over by the mud pit and I got a little lax and stepped away from the camera, thinking it was securely set. Not so. After a few frames I turned around to see my poor camera lying on its back, large lens pointing to the sky. Overall, the fall was from about 2 1/2 feet high onto hard packed dirt. This camera has seen worse (I rolled it about 50' down a rocky hill on a previous occasion) and I figured it would be okay. Not the case, as I discovered.
After picking it up, dusting it off and doing a cursory check I noticed nothing was broken outwardly. No scratches, no cracks, no broken screens. However, it did not want to turn on. Argh!
To make a long story short, I am now down one camera and will be sending it off to Precision Camera for repair. Have you used Precision Camera for equipment repair, or know someone who has, and what was your impression of their work? Just looking for some feedback about the company.
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."