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Unbearable! Photographer Drops Canon 70-200mm Lens Into Polar Bear Tank

There are times I have described the images taken with the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens as scrumptious, but I was referring to the images, not the lens itself! German Photographers Marion and Dieter were taking pictures of a polar bear exhibit on a recent visit, and spotted Felix the Polar Bear enjoying an Image-Stabilized treat. How ironic is it that they were shooting with Nikons?

More images can be found on their fotocommunity pages.

[Photos credit: Marion and Dieter]
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Paul Hance's picture

I like the tossing images the best. The bear is like this is not edible bull shyt. Lmao Maybe phaseone can use this to test their new phaseone medium format back for durability and polar bear approval. The last time  they use an elephant and a  jeep to test the ruggedness / strength of their medium format backs. Phaseone I want bear approval before I go medium format. lol

RUSS's picture

now that's awesome!
and yet so sad... Hope he had insurance that covered that loss...
lol the one (bottom right) with the bear sniffing it like it's some kind of cigar or something is priceless...

Sad.. the lens would have been protected if it had a proper UV filter on it.... such a shame...

Andrew Valadez's picture

Filters would not protect against such damage. I hate it when people use the filter argument all the time! had it been equipped with a hood and carbon fiber stickers it would of been unharmed 100%



Jaron Schneider's picture

hahahaha... oh goodness...

Blake Weber's picture

9 out of 10 polar bears prefer Canon.

Leon's picture

Bro, that's a Canon, what are you talking, 10 out of 10 polar bears prefer Nikon ^_^

dave seymour's picture

burst out laughin when i saw this.... bye bye 2.8 :-) hello kit lens for a while

Zaid's picture

So is this what happens when you don't use a Polar-rising Filter? 

 Zing !

Ian Ludwig's picture

 Ba Boom!

Doug Kellogg's picture

I wish I would have said that....can't top it.

Vanden King's picture

I have read this comment a dozen times, and laughed every single time, it's perfect!

Kim Long Vo's picture

It's fine. Just throw it in a bag with some rice to suck out the moisture and it'll be as good as new!

Kyle Sanders's picture

I always thought that telephoto L glass was obnoxiously "hey look at me!!!" in that shade of white.. apparently the polar bear thought so too!

Michael Clark's picture

 If you've ever shot on a bright sunny day when the temperature is 100+ degrees Fahrenheit you'll appreciate the white lens. The larger the lens, the more sunlight (heat) falls on it.

Kim Bentsen's picture

Now an upgrade to the mark II version of this lens can be justified.

I bet it was still working only if you dry it out it's Canon...

Krisztián Storm Kocsis's picture

Shooting with Nikons... haaa. haha... hahhh... HaaaahhaHHAA... HAHAHAHA.... MUUUHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nursultan Tulyakbay's picture

Is that a camera body on the ledge in the last two pictures?

oh noes

Madara Ranawake's picture

last photo is totally MEME worthy!! .. just sayn.

Brian Williams's picture

He was probably thinking it was a Coke. . . 

Hawaii Portrait Photographer's picture

that sucks!

Sean Loftin's picture

Best ad ever for Canon if it still operates..

Nathaniel Augustine Kuah's picture

Biggest question: Does it still work?!

Kennesha Walker's picture

My question is HOW did the polar bear get the lens? O_o

Kirmele's picture

oh. its hurts my heart  :( 

Max Surikov's picture

I am sure CPS can fix it.

Max Surikov's picture

Well, at least it wasn't Version II. Then I would have gone in after it... 

roberto gelleni's picture

Hello, Canon ... I have a warranty question...

Uh .. never mind.

noob. :D 

Bo's picture

I don't see the irony, though.