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Ouch! (But some of them are pretty darn good. In fact some even know how to hang on to the thing. There are others I wouldn't trust with a mike.)
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I had my lens come off once. Had the camera dangling by the lens cable. It was a real scary feeling.
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It is not necessary that only photographers should only shoot. Sometimes reporters also need to capture and record the news for telecasting. No doubt they do carry diary with them but in case of emergency they should also learn photography.
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It is not necessary that only photographers should only shoot. Sometimes reporters also need to capture and record the news for telecasting. No doubt they do carry diary with them but in case of emergency they should also learn photography.
That's obvious!

But when someone doesn't know how to really use and maintain the gear, doing basic checks before shouldering the camera, then that person has no business touch said camera.

Photographers can report just as well as a reporter too. But the cost difference between dropping a 99 cent pen and a camera costing thousands means you need a responsible individual taking doing the job. Yes, accidents happen. But they happen much more often when a person is overloaded with responsibilities, having too much to do simply so budgets can be razor thin for maximum profit. Thus, accidents like this happen much more often than they should.

Penny wise and pound foolish on the part of management who created the situation in the first place.
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That has happened to me before. Not with my camera but with a camera I was using on a freelance gig with a TV station. I try very hard to go through the entire unit to make sure I'm aware of the cameras condition before I take it out, but the last thing I would think to actually check would be the tightness and security of the bayonet mount. NOW it's on my checklist. I don't know how it would have come loose and stayed loose and there was no warning whatsoever that the lens was about to seperate from the camera. Embarressing.
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That was my boy Peri Weepu they were interviewing!

For those that don't know him, he is the back-up scrumhalf for the New Zealand All Blacks and always leads the Haka before their games.
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Yeah mike I have to admit to the same but not at the place you are thinking of this was another shop. In my case I went to my knees as soon as I felt the camera start to separate and looped my elbow up so it pretty much just settled onto my back by the cable. Quite embarrassing though as I was covering a large hazmat situation and there were quite a few witnesses.
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This isn't an isolated incident. We have been cutting the Prime TV team a lot of slack in Parliament, TV One, 3 and Maori TV cameramen have been fixing dead radio mic's, balancing tripods, catching cameras and generally making room for the always late and running Prime reporters because we felt sorry for them. It's hard to just stand by and let someone fail but I wonder if all the support we have been giving has enabled Prime to get away with not training their staff.
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Reporters shouldn't be shooting, since that is what Photographers do....if reporters shoot, then you take away a job from one person and add more to another....reporters also mainly want to get the story, there-fore sacrificing good photography/lighting....most reporters I have seen who shoot don't understand or want to understand composition/color temp/exposure, etc....their main concern is getting story, regardless.....they mostly haven't been taught photography, etc.....
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Yep, it's happened to me too, but then again over the past 21 yrs as a photog, every type of accident imaginable has happened to me. I think it's more a question of experience than the fact that it's a reporter doing it. Just as with most photographers, once a one-man-band reporter has enough accidents like this AND gets in trouble for them, they usually start learning from their mistakes.
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The very first time I took a camera out on my own I pulled the camera out of the case and the lens stayed in the case, I thought I broke the camera until I looked at it and figured it out. The chief photog didn't go thru that with me when I did my training. Needless to say that is the only time that ever happened to me. At least once a day I'm checking my lens to make sure it hasn't loosened up.
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This guy is also getting right in the shot.. down to just ignorance I hope..
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ha ha ha! That's pretty hilarious. Although I wouldn't knock all reporters. One time we were working on a some b-roll for a feature and the reporter asked if he could bring along a second camera for fun. I told him "Sure. Why not?" Assuming it wouldn't turn out and I wouldn't use it. Damn guy turned in some great footage! I used at least 10 of his shots. Surprised the heck out of me.
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they are reporters they are obliged to shoot and report anything. but sometimes they should ask permission first if it needed one.
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Hmmm... or is it the shooter's fault for not making sure the lens was tight? :P
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It was probably still loose from when they got it back after getting it fixed... it had been bent by being slammed in a door.
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