All of us have done this and are probably too proud to owe up the goofiness, but here’s your chance to redeem the guilt off by confessing all your abuses.
I was at a horse show yesterday in an elevated side judge pavilion. We were in between classes so there was a bit of lull in activity. I placed my D90 + 70-300 VR on a 5 inches wide 4 feet tall guard fence, so that I can reach for a snack. Strangely I wasn’t wearing the camera on my neck nor was I hanging it from my B-Grip which I was wearing. So D90 decided to take the plunge fortunately on my side of the fence (else it was a clear drop of 7 feet on the other side. Quick reflex that I have, I immediately swung my foot and met the D90 halfway on its plunge and broke its fall, somewhat. It still fell ~2 feet to the wooden floor. If it wasn’t for the flower hood I think I had it perfectly balanced on my foot.
I picked it up it was still on, took couple of shots everything worked, lense focused, focus points illuminated, shutter released, and then I turned on the screen to check the photos. Screen came on and first thing I noticed the screen was off at an angle of ~20 degrees (picture was just like when you have a straightened photo in original blank rectangle in lightroom just before you apply it). I was angry that I broke it, being on student budget I can’t afford any repairs. So even though I knew there was nothing to align the display screen I went through all the menus and buttons in the desperate hope to find a solution. Of course there is nothing to calibrate the display screen so instead of sulking back to home, I said what the heck it’s a beautiful day let’s not waste it and took some more pictures. That calmed me a bit and I looked at the screen again and I saw what looks like a plasma discoloration spot, like when you press your finger on a lcd. I have the hard clear plastic screen protector attached and I noticed that it had come off on both the diagonal corners and appeared to be pressing at the exact location where the plasma spot appeared. I took the screen protector off and fixed it back on correctly and turned the display on, and it was all good again.
whew! close call.