Lens Repair – October 2020

How a tiny spring support crippled my brilliant zoom lens

At Carsington Reservoir, scene of the Carsington 7+ running race on 20 September 2020, I drove 50 miles and arrived, expecting to soon capture 580 runners in one of the few running events taking place this pandemic Autumn. This little spring would foil my efforts:

Carrying a sturdy monopod and a sturdy tripod, each in their own 90cm shoulder bags, carrying a portable seat and a backpack with some breakfast and fluid, it was important not to carry too much camera equipment. I took one pocket video camera, one DSLR body and only one zoom lens, which contained that tiny spring.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 80D
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s