No this isn’t a post about financial planning but it might just save you a few hundred quid!

I don’t know how or when I developed this habit, but every time I drop something, I instinctively stick my foot out to come between it and the floor. I’ve heard this called the Barman’s Catch and the principle is when you drop something, you interrupt the fall with your foot just above ground level, effectively meaning the dropped item stops, then just rolls off your foot and falls the last few inches. Far preferable to a full 4 foot plummet!

It’s a good habit to get into as I am far happier to have had a few bruised shins than a hefty repair bill!

Photo by Antti T. Nissinen


  1. Lloyd

    Wish I’d done this when I dropped a lens a couple years back. Broke in 3 separate parts – ended up having to dump it and buy new. 🙁

    • Simon

      I feel your pain! If it’s any consolation, I still have a lens mount shaped dink in my shin 🙂


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