Well I went to the Bournemouth Air Festival last weekend, what a great event! Thanks to those who guided me on camera body lens combinations to take.
Saturday I got the kit sorted and started walking away from the car, she says have you got spare batteries and cards, D'oh pick up spare cards, I was relying on gripped bodies to only need the batteries on board for the days shooting! They made it with loads in reserve.
Sunday I'm in a nice little spot part way up the cliff shooting merrily away and get the CF FULL message, reach to my pocket, D'oh no spares much muttering and cursing and another photographer with Nikon gear noticed my distress and offered to lend me a card, thanks Kim, but I decided that the best way was to punish myself with a forced march back to the car for my own cards.
I discovered after the first ten to fifteen minutes of both days that I had left the ISO cranked up from the night before, D'oh, not critical but it does hurt image quality a bit when you don't need the high ISO.
Seems about the only thing I got right was the carrying system, a Black Rapid Double fixed to the tripod feet, and OpTech 3/8 webbing on the body lugs with an OpTech utility loop on the belt loop of my trousers for security during the walk in and back.
On the forced march back to the car I had that heart in the mouth moment when the shoulder strap went light by about the weight of the body, and I heard things rattle on the ground! Phew the body was swinging on the strap in front of my leg, I know exactly what happened, the phone in my pocket knocked the lens release and the walking action twisted the body off the lens. The rattle on the ground was the hot shoe cover had fallen out!
I had read the posts about bodies dropping off lenses sometimes with catastrophic results and thought that it may have been a freak occurrence, I can tell you it happens easier than you might think, it fell off on the way back to the show too.
Let's just say I know why I will never be a professional!