Posts Tagged ‘Gear’

I quit smoking almost 2 months ago. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago in the post Digital photography changed the question. Quitting smoking is supposed to be one of the best things you can ever do. To put how I feel about the whole process of quitting smoking in perspective, I would rather go through the pain of child birth, than experience quitting smoking ever again. The idea that my health will improve, and supposedly my lifespan will increase should be enough motivation to get me through it, but it’s not. I knew I needed something much bigger than that, so after talking it over with my husband we agreed that if I made it to 6 months with out having a cigarette I would be able to buy the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens. This was the perfect motivation for weeks 3-8 of quitting, but then I started to think, and I realized that 6 months would put it in September. The problem is that I want this lens for all the things I do in the summer. After all, 70-200mm is not really a lens I would use indoors very often. I knew that it wouldn’t be much of a reward to get it and not really use it for many months, and I didn’t know what to do. So finally I decided (with my husband’s encouragement) that I should buy the lens now, but with the understanding that if I start smoking before September 23, 2011 I would have to sell the lens.

In case you haven’t guessed, I got the lens, and so far I have just been playing with it. Here are a few photos that I was able to take that I would never have been able to get with my 24-70mm.

Nikon D300 70-200mm @ 185mm f13 1/200, ISO 200

I drive or walk past this flag almost everyday, and I never noticed until I took this photo how ratty the flag is. Despite the fact the I hadn’t noticed it before, it bothers me. I’m pretty sure you would never find any American that would fly a ratty flag, so why do Canadians think it’s okay?

Nikon D300 70-200mm @ 200mm f5 1/1000, ISO 200

NIkon D300 70-200mm @ 200mm f5 1/1000, ISO 200

NIkon D300 70-200mm @ 200mm f5 1/1000, ISO 200

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No more straps for me.

Last Christmas, Mostly Lisa blogged about the Black Rapid. I was intrigued and for a long time thought I wanted a strap just like it. For some reason though, I never got one for myself.  This past summer I discovered the Spider Holster.  Finally I realized why I had never picked up a Black Rapid strap. While the Black Rapid is cool, it isn’t quite right for me. However, the Spider Holster spoke to me.

My husband, knowing that while I would drool over the Spider Holster, I would never actually buy it for myself, so he looked around and found the only camera store in Edmonton that carried it, bagged it up and put it under the tree this year for Christmas. (In our family we use cloth Christmas bags instead of wrapping paper).

Once the business of hosting Christmas was over, I finally opened the box my Spider Holster came in and tried it on. While I have to admit that setting the belt to the right size was a pain, I love the feeling of not having the weight of my camera around my neck.  The other thing that I love is not having the strap on the camera once I remove it from my neck.  I can’t tell you the number of times I have missed a shot of my 3 year-old son, simply because the strap fell in front of the lens. Now, even when I’m not using the belt, there is no strap in the way when I pull my camera off its shelf.

The Spider Holster spoke to me in the same way that the D300 did two years ago.  I only hope that my love of my Spider Holster continues the same way.

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