We all do stupid things, but lately I have really been on form.
First mistake was some kind of massive brain fart. I wanted to take the hood off my 12-100 to change filters. I have not used that lens much and especially not much lately. For some reason I tried to force it off (there is a little release tab on the opposite side to the one I was looking at).
No excuses. The room was dark, I was distracted and a little unfamiliar with the lens. I did not do the really dumb thing and try to force it off without bracing the lens, but I still put way too much pressure on it. To add context, I hate lens movements and wobble. It goes back to the manual focus days where movements = broken.
Since then, the lens is (maybe not?) “rattling” a little more than when I bought it, but I really cannot be sure.
Can I live with that? Well I did it, so I guess I will have to live with it. The 12-40 was purchased to be my walk around lens (no rattles in sight, which is a change from the early production ones), so the 12-100 is really a bag to tripod to bag lens dedicated to fine art/landscapes with it’s mated (married by now) Pen F. The only issue is alignment and performance.
The second mistake was discovered when testing the above. I walked outside and discovered my old Ricoh twin lens 35mm camera was left out for 2 days in the weather after the tutorial post about DoF (they really should not let me out without a handler). It was dry, but it’s grape vine ceiling dripped sappy blobs all over the screen and camera top. I never intend to use this camera again for actual photography, but still a disrespectful way to treat an old friend.
These things come in threes, so we will see.