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Canon 24-105mm Lens Falls From Sky and Tears Gaping Hole in Roof

On September 2nd, a woman in Northern California named Debbie Payne heard a loud crash and, upon investigating, found a smashed Canon 24-105mm lens on the ground and a gaping 9-inch hole in her roof. Now the police department in Petaluma is trying to figure out how the lens apparently fell from the sky.

The Canon 24-105mm weighs 1.5lb by itself, and managed to cause nearly $5,000 in damage to the home:

Here’s my theory on what happened: some daring and well-connected PetaPixel reader was inspired by our August 31st post on Rüdiger Nehmzow photographing clouds through an open airplane door, and decided to give it a shot. Then, while trying to change lenses from a few miles up, the 24-105mm slipped from their hand and smashed through Payne’s roof. It all fits, right?

(via San Jose Mercury News and NBC Bay Area)


Image credits: Photographs by the Petaluma Police Department


 
 
  • Anonymous

    More hot air balloon. Still.

  • Anonymous

    More hot air balloon. Still.

  • Anonymous

    More hot air balloon. Still.

  • Imlucid

    Doh, so THAT’s where my lens ended up!

    ;-)

  • Imlucid

    Doh, so THAT’s where my lens ended up!

    ;-)

  • Imlucid

    Doh, so THAT’s where my lens ended up!

    ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/therealmattymoo Matty

    “1000′s of dollars in damage…” It doesnt look that bad. Now if it were a Leica, that hole would be bigger, and the camera would still be working. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/therealmattymoo Matty

    “1000′s of dollars in damage…” It doesnt look that bad. Now if it were a Leica, that hole would be bigger, and the camera would still be working. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/therealmattymoo Matty

    “1000′s of dollars in damage…” It doesnt look that bad. Now if it were a Leica, that hole would be bigger, and the camera would still be working. ;)

  • Scott

    Tis but a scratch and will polish out. If he was using his UV filter and lens hood it wouldn’t have ended up in that state :p

  • Matt

    Sure…I’ll buy that story!

  • lloyd -

    4f. meh, nothing of value was lost.

    i kid! its a horrible loss :(

    but what I want to know is where’s the camera?
    I’m guessing somebody was changing lens while in a hot air balloon

  • DLuker

    Good thing it didn’t hit a PERSON!

  • DLuker

    Good thing it didn’t hit a PERSON!

  • http://twitter.com/electroginge electroginge

    thousands of dollars? what on earth are they using for roof tiles?

  • http://twitter.com/txau txau

    $5.000 in damage to the home? Come on… ¬_¬

  • Tom M.

    I’m not buyin it. The hole looks very, very round to be caused by a downward projectile. Unless of course the lens was spinning about 1700 rpm with ripsaw blades on the lens hood. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Jaycevdl Jayce Van Der Linden

    have you not looked at a lens lately? cause these days, lenses are round, and the lens fell from the sky…

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    What are you talking about?! Humans are soft and mushy. The lens probably would have survived better.

    Human’s tend to heal all by themselves but lenses don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/augieshoots Augie De Blieck Jr.

    I suspect a publicity stunt out of the TWIT Studios for TWIT Photo.  Leo is shameless like that.  I imagine there was a large slingshot involved…

  • Stephen Botel

    Probably Art Wolfe got slippery fingers!!!

  • Travis

    “Peice of shit lens!  I shoulda used a prime….” *toss*

    Or an angry girlfriend tired of her husband spending the honeymoon shooting photos

  • http://twitter.com/retsinakis jim

    Do I sense an insurance claim form wafting through cyber space?

  • http://twitter.com/tomnwaugh Tom Waugh

    Why not trace the lens owner through the canon Professional website?

  • Nicolas

    I was thinking exactly the same thing, the lens has a serial number, and as it’s a L series, it’s probably registered to a person for service.
    Well surely the police in the US is not better than here in France..

  • Alex

    I bet its someone trying to copy that guy who throws his camera up for group portraits.
    Or just some locals playing lens toss

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1408910 Jeffrey Weeks

    I’m admiring the fact that none of the glass elements appear damaged.

  • Alan Dove

    Maybe it was shot out of a Canon.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • http://twitter.com/sinisterbrain sinisterbrain

    You know that blog you were writing about how you dropped a lens while taking shots from your Cessna?   Yeah, don’t post it.  :-)

  • http://arenacreative.com/ ArenaCreative.com Stock Photos

    Holy crap!!  The 24-105 looks like its in pretty decent shape for falling that far to its utter destruction!

  • Jan

    this happens all the time to people in the “camera toss” pool at flickr… meh

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/cameratoss/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513015410 Darrell Larose

    It would have easily traveling at terminal velocity, so a 1.5 lb cannon ball (sorry) hitting at around 158 mph… I didn’t bother doing the math, based on guesses with mass and Drag coefficient at 0.5

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513015410 Darrell Larose

    Tweaking the numbers, if the lens was a 1.5 lb metal ball, then it would have a lower Drag coefficient (a sphere is 0.1) then  it could have hit at closer to 400 mph. If the hood was mounted, the lens would have been spinning.

  • http://twitter.com/walkerpk Philip K Walker

    Donnie Darko… exchange jet engine with a lens

  • Garyeaton

    where’s the red ring?

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.winn.900 David Winn

    It should be quite easy to trace this lens to the owner via the serial number since few people would buy such an expensive lens and not register it.