So I had a slight accident with my camera while away in Kaikoura. I was taking some images with my D700 and 80-200 lens on a tripod in a howling gale with snow coming down, I went to pick up my gloves while my fingers were still almost working and my camera came crashing down on the rocks. The good news was that the camera and lens still more or less worked, the lens would jam when focussing sometimes but no broken glass, the camera got a few dents and scratches but also still worked – thank goodness as I really needed it last Friday.
I took both lens and camera in to Photo & Video International to get them fixed and have been using my previous Nikon D50m for the last week. This has actually been quite interesting, for me at least. The camera is much lighter and smaller but I found it very strange to use at first but I seem to have just about worked it out again. The interesting thing for me is that I am taking better images with it than I used to (at least I think so!) The low light performance is not great, it is only 6 megapixels but having taken over 20000 in the last 10 months with the D700 I really feel that the practise has improved my photography. It is nice to know that the theory works and that practise really does make you better.
My lens is apparently ready to collect, not too expensive but the camera will be another week or maybe two, the parts and labour add up quite quickly and all I can say is thank goodness for insurance!