Watch: Baseball player smashes cameraman’s lens with a foul ball

Apr 8, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Watch: Baseball player smashes cameraman’s lens with a foul ball

Apr 8, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Incidents happen in sport in a blink of an eye. And it took precisely that long to leave this photographer with a lens smashed into pieces. Professional baseball player Tyler O’Neill sent a foul ball straight into his lens, and it was caught on the very camera that got hit.

O’Neill of the St. Louis Cardinals hit the ball against Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara. The ball traveled 90mph (145kph) straight into the lens of the cameraman behind Alcantara. The incident was captured with a few cameras, including the one that got broken.

DPReview writes that the smashed front element is a Fujinon WCV-L85 0.8x Wide Angle Converter lens, attached to the front of a Fujinon UA18x7.6BERD broadcast zoom lens. Thankfully, it wasn’t the lens itself that got broken, because it would cost nearly $22,500 to buy a new one. Still, I said “ouch!” out loud when I saw this video.

Sports photographers sometimes have their gear hit, they get knocked over, or even knocked unconscious while doing their job. I guess they could still take photos with a scratched lens if it’s not completely shattered, but this is still the only good way to smash a lens. After all, I believe that everything is alright if only the gear is damaged, as long as people stay unharmed.

[via DPReview]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 responses to “Watch: Baseball player smashes cameraman’s lens with a foul ball”

  1. Kjell Post Avatar
    Kjell Post

    $22,500! And doesn’t even come with a lens hood?

  2. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
    Ignasi Jacob

    An UV filter is useful to protect against hits. I lived this on baseball transmissions on 1992 Olympic Games, the filter was split in two halfs and the optics was intact.

  3. Camera operator Hong Kong Avatar
    Camera operator Hong Kong

    Such a hit on the lens may actually have damage the camera body itself.
    I did got such hit during live feed. We thought the lens was the only problem as the camera was still broadcasting, but the entire body was fractured right along the lens mount after checking.
    The lens literally got inside the camera body.
    Insurance worked this time.