Disney World Broken Lesson Learned?

For those of you who enjoy taking your camera to the parks you may want to consider making sure the camera is properly protected before you begin your vacation. My son is still using a stroller. Our current stroller is the Maclaren Volo. I often hang items from the back of the stroller so I do not have to carry them the entire day. However, this stroller is fairly light so when my son stands up out of the stroller, the hanging items hit the ground as the stroller topples backwards.

During our most recent visit to Disney World, I had my Nikon D90 hanging on the back of the stroller. When we got to the bag check at EPCOT, I pulled a bag from the stroller seat for showing during the check. With no weight in the stroller, it quickly flipped backwards and my camera hit the ground. I could see glass on the floor. I turned the camera around to inspect the damage and saw that the lens was broke. I finished with the bag check and then had more time to really look at the camera. It was then that I realized that the lens UV protector cover had broke and not my actual lens! Thank goodness. If you are not familiar with these covers, they screw on the end of a lens to help for a particular purpose. Some of these protectors help make better black and white photo, etc. The one I had cost me approximately $20, while my lens cost approximately $400! So, you can see that breaking the cover was much better!

To make me even look less responsible with my camera, I will say I have already had another of these covers save me on a previous vacation! I will definitely be purchasing a replacement cover before returning to Disney World!

15 comments for “Disney World Broken Lesson Learned?

  1. June 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

    A cautionary tale. I broke a glass tea pot in a similar incident with a stroller.

    • June 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

      A glass tea pot:) Wow! That is definitially something I cannot imagine bringing with me. I woud definitially break that!

  2. June 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    When I first saw your photo, I literally gasped! Then I read the article and felt SO much better for you. I have the same camera and take it everywhere and would DIE if I broke the lens.
    I have considered a lens protector cover but then get overwhelmed as to which one to get. Now I know I really have to get one SOON!

    • June 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

      I need to replace mine. I cannot get the old one off though. They told me the only way to get the old one off was to use cutters. I had broke the glass out while in WDW so I could continue to take photos but the threads were all mashed so taking the old one off is nearly impossible.

  3. June 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my gosh! I would have had a nervous breakdown. You are so lucky that the actual lens wasn’t what had shattered. Totally something that I would have done.

    • June 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Yeah, I had already done that one time. I had even done it one time with the camera in my backpack. I leaned on the backpack and heard the crack. I do not need to own expensive items really…

  4. June 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    OMG! Thank goodness it was only the UV filter. This is why we always have a filter or hood on. Of course on the downside, now you don’t have an excuse to go lens shopping! 🙂

    • June 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

      You are too funny! I would not even know which lens I would want to buy if it was not just the exact same one!

  5. June 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    When I saw that picture my heart sank for you! Glad to see it wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. We’ve had that problem with strollers too – not enough weight in the front and they flip over 🙁

    • June 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Could be worse, no stroller:) I do not look forward to the no stroller days for some reason!

  6. Jud
    June 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    One of the primary points of using a UV or circular poloroid lens is for exactly that reason! However, a D90 and you are leaving it ANYWHERE other than around your neck???? Tsk tsk tsk…

    • June 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

      I know. I am in trouble. Hanging head in shame!

  7. June 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I am so glad that it was only your UV protector that broke!! I would stoke up!! lol

  8. June 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, that sure was worth the $20!! I had a similar accident with my video camera. It was the microphone that broke. I took silent movies for the rest of the trip.

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