I dropped my X-Pro2 today!
I always get asked why my cameras are so pristine, whenever people see them in my gearshots. Well, obviously when I shoot for Fujifilm, I use brand new cameras, and whenever I have to do “generation shots” I have a dedicated stock from them with samples that are only used for packshots.
With my own personal collection of cameras, it’s a bit different. I always try to care for my cameras, as good as I can. I hate it when they get scratches. And I protect them by not having them rattle against each other, not wearing metal shit that will scratch, and not keeping them in a plastic bag with batteries, keys etc.
People who say that “they’re only tools” are absolutely right. But taking good care of your gear doesn’t make you any less of a photographer. There’s no romance in heavily used gear that “has seen the world” or have “battle scars” if you ask me.
The gear that I use most does get wear and tear. This is especially true for my X100F and my X-Pro2 black version. I have used those cameras so much the past 4 years, that the paint have been worn in specific places, and different minor scratches have appeared.
But those usage scratches are nothing compared to what happened to my X-Pro2 today!
I had just picked it up from a good friend who have had it on loan for an extended period. He had taken very good care of it and it looked just as it did before he lent it.
On the way home from the coffeeshop near the Harbour of Aarhus I saw some gorgeous light coming through some buildings. I had the X-Pro2 with the 23mm f/2 on the passanger seat, so I grabbed it to snap a shot.
Problem is I was in a moving vehicle! When I wanted to extend the camera out through the, now, open window, I accidentally hit a part of the windowframe….
THE CAMERA WENT TUMBLING TO THE GROUND WITH ME GOING 50 KM/H!!!
….To add injury to insult it actually flung over on the opposite side of the road where the pass-by of a big truck made it hurl for what seemed forever!
The XF23mm f/2 was shattered. It lost the mount, and the back focus group. Never found them. So I just trashed the whole remainder. I kind of regret now that I didn’t take any photos of it before throwing the sorry remains in the bin.
When I got home I cleaned the X-Pro2 as best as I could, and to my absolute delight.
EVERYTHING WAS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER!
OVF, EVF, Focus, Sensor, Mount, screws…everything. It just works! – And in an almost obscene display of luck the rearscreen as well as the eyepiece doesn’t have a scratch on it!
Now I have my battlescar-camera. I hope I will never have that happen to any of my cameras again. But how crazy is it that the camera only suffered cosmetic damage from that ordeal?
FUJIPOWER I say!!!
(all images shot using my DuraSilver X-Pro3 with the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 mk2)