After 15 months in rotation, the folks at Lensrentals, an online photography equipment hire service based in the US, had a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens return from a rental with a full-grown (but dead) fly trapped between a pair of lens elements inside.
It’s not uncommon for dust and debris to find their way inside a sealed lens, but this fly had to be an especially determined photo-bomber to get in there.
How exactly the fly got inside is still a bit of a mystery.
It took one of Lensrental’s technicians a full hour to just disassemble the long lens before he got to the elements serving as the fly’s final resting place.
It took another 45 minutes to clean out everything the fly left behind, which included not only droppings, but also dried guts as the technician’s amateur forensics determined the insect had ultimately been crushed between a pair of moving glass elements.
It left many deposits inside the lens before it finally bit the dust.