The tale of one heck of a tough lens

by John Wilson October. 23, 2018 540 views
This is a story of misadventure for my much loved Olympus 12-100 pro lens. Happily, it lives on to tell the tale.

This is a story of misadventure for my much loved Olympus 12-100 pro lens. Happily, it lives on to tell the tale.

I recently had the great good fortune of visiting the famous monasteries of Meteora in Greece. The spectacular monasteries are perched high on top of sheer cliffs. If there's one thing you can say about Meteora it is that everywhere it is steep. Very, very steep.

I recently had the great good fortune of visiting the famous monasteries of Meteora in Greece. The spectacular monasteries are perched high on top of sheer cliffs. If there's one thing you can say about Meteora it is that everywhere it is steep. Very, very steep.

Another thing you can say about Meteora is that it is a very, very bad place to drop your precious camera lens. Well, not exactly drop it - the knot on the strap of the lens bag suddenly unravelled at the worst possible moment, and I watched helplessly as the lens dropped off my wrist, over a cliff.

Another thing you can say about Meteora is that it is a very, very bad place to drop your precious camera lens. Well, not exactly drop it - the knot on the strap of the lens bag suddenly unravelled at the worst possible moment, and I watched helplessly as the lens dropped off my wrist, over a cliff.

OK, not this cliff, but another very steep one. The lens hit the narrow patch of earth below the lookout, then bounced onto the cliff face, bounced again, and bounced again. Then it crashed through branches of a tree way below and landed at its base. Frankly, I gave it up as lost forever.

OK, not this cliff, but another very steep one. The lens hit the narrow patch of earth below the lookout, then bounced onto the cliff face, bounced again, and bounced again. Then it crashed through branches of a tree way below and landed at its base. Frankly, I gave it up as lost forever.

However, and to cut a very long story short, we did end up retrieving it, mainly thanks to persistent work from my wife who would not give up on it despite the odds.This shot was taken shortly after the miraculous rescue effort. The lens seems to have been completely unaffected by its adventure!

However, and to cut a very long story short, we did end up retrieving it, mainly thanks to persistent work from my wife who would not give up on it despite the odds.This shot was taken shortly after the miraculous rescue effort. The lens seems to have been completely unaffected by its adventure!

So, I'm not sure who to thank most - the cat for bringing such good luck, my wife for utilising old climbing skills to reach the lens, or Olympus for making one heck of a tough piece of kit. And before you feel too pleased with yourself Mr Olympus - please rethink those knots on your lens bags!

So, I'm not sure who to thank most - the cat for bringing such good luck, my wife for utilising old climbing skills to reach the lens, or Olympus for making one heck of a tough piece of kit. And before you feel too pleased with yourself Mr Olympus - please rethink those knots on your lens bags!

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Can G 10 months ago

Thumbs up to your wife +1 Being an Olympus user as well, this lens is on my wishlist for quite a while too. Your story and also the pictures just reassures me of its quality. Too bad your wife has rescued the lens, otherwise I would have gone for the mission laughing

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Heike 1 year ago

Reading your story, I never thought, the lens could have survived !

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John Wilson Replied to Heike 1 year ago

Other tourists nearby were shaking their heads and advised me `Say goodbye to it'!

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