Here is one thing you don’t want happening to you if you are covering the Hockey Stanley Cup Finals. One of the journalists covering the event dropped his lens onto the ice in the early stage of the game. I mean, forget the fact that this lens can easily cost a grand or two (anyone identifies the lens? hit us in the comments.); forget the fact that you are now one lens short for shooting the game; forget the fact that you placed a foreign object on the ice. Focus on what the poor guy must have felt when he saw his lens used as a puck for a few seconds until the players figured out what’s going on.
A puck moves very fast across the ice making hockey a very fast-paced game. So if a player mistakes a round black object lensy thing for a puck, I don’t blame him.
According to fansided, “Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist honestly believed that the lens was the puck until he played it and he realized that it didn’t quite move the way that a puck would. He immediately pointed it out to prevent what could have been a very interesting scenario for both teams“.
I am not really sure how the lens came off, but maybe it was hit by a puck, maybe it was not screwed on all the way and maybe it fell during a lens-change, or even fell from a pouch. Either way, this puts another argument in the corner of those who claim that”filters don’t protect lenses“.
Lastly, if indeed this was a lens change at fault, let me share this piece of advice on changing lenses.
P.S. This story kinda flashbacks into 2015 where a lens hood fell into the ice and was mistaken for a puck too.