Let me set the stage for our story:
We are now the proud owners of a six month old German Shepherd puppy who entertains grand delusions that she is some sort of visiting German dignitary in our home.
What Ellie wants, Ellie helps herself to.
Michaela Byrd's sandwich, ja. Paper from my purse, ja. T's tie? Ja.
She especially enjoys carrying small, soft things around. Remember this. It is important later on in the story.
I decided to sleep in a couple of weeks ago.
That was my first mistake.
Natalie, who enjoys waking at the crack of dawn as much as I love mochas, let the dogs out for me and fed them. It wasn't long before I heard a thud, a crack, and an "Oooooooooh nooooo!"
I had an inkling that this wasn't going to be good news.
Natalie came upstairs carrying my Nikon. Upon first glance, I was certain that my lens had shattered and we'd be out a bunch of dollars for me to replace it. I was all set to pitch a nice, big hissy fit when I looked closer and saw that it wasn't my expensive Nikon lens that had broken.
It was my Rocketfish lens protector and uv filter.
Sure, the lens protector was busted, but that's only around $20 to replace. I have never been more grateful to have listened to T and put it on my lens! (It sat in my camera bag for awhile before I finally attached it)
I guess Ellie saw my Nikon sitting out on the counter and either decided to take some still shots, or the pretty lush, soft fabric of the camera strap was too much to resist. My guess is she went for the softy fabric. Again, she likes soft things. I caught her trying to make a grab for some gauze on the kitchen table as I wrote this post last night. In front of me. With her surgery cone of shame on.
So it should be no surprise to me that she would attempt to grab something off the counter when I wasn't around. It was a very good lesson to me as a pet owner and mother of small children to keep my camera in the camera bag when it is not in use.
And I hope, dear reader, that this story was a lesson to you to protect your lens! I can't promise that yours will be shatter-free, but I do know they protect from scratches, dirt, and dust. There are plenty of good brands out there. After being saved once by Rocketfish, I will probably purchase from them again.
Have you ever had a run-in with your camera lens?