Heart attack moments

Inspired by a conversation yesterday I’ll leave you with a question while I’m gone.

When was the last time something happened that you’d qualify as one of those “heart attack” moments?

Mine was two weeks ago. On a shoot I changed out a lens. I grabbed my backpack with all my camera equipment and hefted it onto my shoulder. Turns out I forgot to zip it up. Many thousands of dollars worth of camera lenses and bodies came tumbling out to the tile floor below. I’m 6’2″ so it was a long fall.

I stood there for a moment, working up the bravery to check on it all. Luckily everything was ok, but for a minute I was not a happy camper.

So what was your last heart attack moment?


  1. says

    Same thing happened to me. I was shooting a motorcycle race and had to move positions quickly. I zipped up MOST of my bag and picked it up. My $900 Canon 70-300mm IS lens fell from my backpack to the concrete. It destroyed the UV filter I had on the front and cracked the casing. I pulled the filter glass away from the lens and removed the ring. No scratches. Still zoomed. No noticeable loss in sharpness.

    My heart then started beating again.

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