At the end of the summer, I was working for a client for a simple executive portrait. I pulled out a lens and, yikes, it was not behaving properly! It did not share info with the camera (aperture) and autofocus would not work.
I did a quick troubleshoot but quickly went to another lens – I have some overlap in my camera bag. Otherwise the shoot went well – the client was happy with the results.
I took the lens to Canadian Camera where they know I rely on my equipment for work. They had the lens repaired swiftly – phew! They have helped me twice in the last couple of years.
It’s always stressful when something like that happens on the job – not only are you paying attention to your work but you have to problem solve… quickly!!
And it’s always good to have a backup camera, lens and plan! I usually travel with two bodies and a selection of lenses appropriate for the job – I shoot mostly with prime / fixed focal / non-zoom lenses and have an 80-200 f2.8 for events.