The coronavirus crisis has changed our lives in many ways. We’re taking photos via video chat, skiing in our living rooms or taking photos with them. Some photographers have found ways to turn their gear into exercise equipment… But Rotem Rogovsky of Skypro – 360 Video Productions has something else in mind with his gear, and it’s hilarious and brilliant at the same time.
Imagine someone casually throwing a box with your brand new pricey lens inside. It makes me angry just thinking about it, and this FedEx dude did exactly this. He threw a package containing a $1,500 lens because he was too lazy to walk the extra 10 or 15 feet, and he was caught on camera as he did it.
I guess all of us had a misfortune or two when shipping or receiving a package. But the amount of damage Jacob Hawkins’ lens survived is hard to believe. Sheffield-based photographer sold a Tamron SP 70-300m lens on eBay. He carefully packed it in polystyrene and bubble wrap, but he got shocked when the buyer notified them what he’d received. The lens arrived smashed into pieces, literally looking “like an elephant has trodden on it.”
I always thought, perhaps a little naively, that when packages were thrown in my general direction I simply got a crappy delivery guy. As it turns out, this seems to be standard practise if the responses to this Reddit post are anything to go by.
User mlapaglia told DIYP that he ordered a Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens through Amazon. Being in something of a rush, he opted for same day delivery through a company called LaserShip. This is what LaserShip thinks of $500 lenses, and it turns out that they’re not the only ones.