Thursday, November 27, 2008

Loss of a dear friend

An old friend bit the dust today — my Canon 50/1.8. It was on my 40D with an old metal hood attached when I knocked it off the coffee table, and it tumbled about two feet to the wood floor. It hit hood first, and the lens snapped in half. As you can see, the damage was total and final.

The 50/1.8 is Canon's least expensive lens. It's obviously cheaply constructed. But it was the first fast autofocus lens I had, and it had some sentimental value. I remember when I first got it I never took it off for a few months. There's just something I like about walking around with a prime lens on my camera; it makes me notice more details and think more about framing and composition.

I'm replacing it with the much higher-quality 28/1.8 USM lens. But I'll miss my "plastic fantastic" 50.

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