I lost my favourite lens. It was a 24mm f/2.8 thing called a 'pancake lens' because of its particular flat shape. It was magic. That lens made all of my photos look amazing, I leaned on its ability to make the subject pop without having many settings to fiddle with. It disappeared out of my camera bag back in August somewhere between visiting One World Trade Center and getting Chicago deep dish pizza in Manhattan. Wherever it is now, I wish it well. I like to think of it rolling to a stop at some aspiring photographer's foot and aspiring a series of photographic triumphs.
As much as the lens meant to me, I haven't replaced it. I've been overwhelmingly stubborn about it. I originally 'bought' the lens with some expiring reward miles so it had no real cost at the time. Now to replace it Amazon is telling me it's over $200 CAD and I'm a bit sore. The stubborn half of me (perhaps more than half, 3/4 of me) wants to put my foot down. Trade my DSLR camera on Bunz for a case of beer and only snap shots with my cellphone camera - become some sort of cellphone camera artist and rack up the Instagram #likes.
That's what I've mostly been doing (without the Instagram #likes) since August. It's been fun! Snapping a photo with a cellphone makes it easier to capture the moment, the feel of what's happening around you without disturbing it. Having to lug around a camera bag, Doing the same on a DSLR that had a carrying case, lens cap, settings to fiddle with took a lot of practice and a little bit of luck. But if you were able to capture that moment - it could be breathtaking.
I'm sure I started writing this blog to pump myself up for not wanting to fill my Amazon cart with lenses, but it's had the opposite effect. I do like struggling with camera bags, lighting and timing - it's part of the challenge. In between proof reading paragraphs I've been flipping back and forth to Amazon to add a new pancake lens to my cart. I can't wait for it to arrive.