I lost my grip on my beloved new digital camera last night and broke it. Understandably, I am not happy about this. I got the camera for Christmas, after a long period of frustration with a much more primitive digital model. I was having a lot of fun with it. I own a lot of cameras (two 35mm, the crappy old digital, the new -and newly broken- digital, and three antique cameras). I can't remember ever dropping one before.
You are probably thinking that this wouldn't have happened if I'd been using the wrist strap. You would be wrong, then. I was photographing some stuff on a counter top, so my wrist was too close to the surface for the strap to save the camera. It only fell a few inches and didn't seem to hit that hard, but the fully extended lens took all of the impact. Now it no longer functions, and the warranty doesn't cover owner stupidity. I'm sure it would cost more to fix it than to buy a new one. So now I own a very expensive paperweight.