SPC: Time to Slow Down

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 4 sec
Aperture: f/22
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400

Yesterday I had to take my favorite lens (the buttery 50mm f/1.4) off and put on my other lens (the inferior kit lens) that came with my camera on.  Turns out there is some kind of communication problem between the lens and the body.   Right now, right before the holidays, and right when I pretty much decided that I’d only shoot with my favorite one; the one that I have grown accustomed to and the one that I could take pictures with blindfolded even.   Actually that’s how I feel–like my eyes have been closed–and I just want to cry big drippy, salty tears.

Today I will ship the buttery lens to Canon for repair.  It will probably take a few weeks to get it back, and in that time I am faced with a new challenge.  I have to re-learn how to shoot with my 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.   When I put it on, yesterday, I realized that it would probably be a really good time to totally master the TV (Time Value) or M (Manual) settings.   The superior lens helped me master the AV (Aperture Value) mode, so maybe-just-maybe some good will come out of this hiccup in my photography journey.

I have to think that something good will come out of this.  Otherwise I might drown in those salty tears.

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17 Responses to “SPC: Time to Slow Down”
  1. 12.02.2008

    I know zero about all that fancy talk about lenses and whatnot, but that picture is wicked cool.

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  2. 12.02.2008

    That little kit lens isn’t all that bad. I have the 50mm f/1.2 and it is as sharp as a tack- but I keep going back to the 18-55mm because of the flexibility it gives me. Once you find the optimum aperture for that lens, you can adjust your sensor ASA to keep the lens stopped down to where you want it.

    That’s the REALLY great thing about Digital SLR. BIG glass doesn’t make any difference anymore, because you can adjust your ‘film speed’ just as easily as you can adjust the shutter speed or the aperture. ANY good lens is going to work well for you because of that additional flexibility offered by the ability to adjust your sensor as well as all the traditional factors.

    And you are such an artist with your camera – I predict you’re going to get along with the kit lens just fine.

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  3. 12.02.2008

    Oh Mish.I am sorry.. I can only imagine the big tears you wanted to cry ..esp because how much you love that lens.. I am pretty dang sure you will kick butt with this lens too.. look at this shot.. I love it.

    Kim’s last blog post..Weekly Winners

  4. 12.02.2008

    I really hope Canon is on the ball and gets your lens back to you soon. This is definitely the worst time of the year to not have the lens that you “feel.” Ugh.

    Burgh Baby’s last blog post..I Probably Should Have Asked the Question Before I Bought Those Toys

  5. 12.02.2008

    I love your kitchen! I’m sorry about your buttery lens. Yours is on the fritz while I just got mine on Sunday and I can’t wait to use it even more! Check out my latest post!

    AnnD’s last blog post..Merry Christmas to me!

  6. 12.02.2008

    I’m sorry Mishelle! I really like that picture though! I know that you will learn so much out of this experience that you’ll not even remember what all the sadness was about.

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  7. Poor Secret Agent Mama! Love the picture, though!

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  8. 12.02.2008

    I’m crying with you. I have no idea what I would do if all I had to shoot with was the stock lens. I love our 1.8. Hopefully they won’t have it that long.

    Lisa’s last blog post..Weekly Winners

  9. 12.02.2008

    Oh my! Well, hopefully it will be a great learning experience for you. You’re a great photographer so I’m sure you’ll take fantastic photos no matter what.

  10. 12.02.2008

    I feel for you. It becomes like a extra limb then it feels like Jaws swims by and rips it off.

    orlund’s last blog post..The Cliff Hanger.

  11. 12.03.2008

    I’m just an amateur myself, I know very little about all that stuff, I really should find time and courage to get into it much deeper, but for the moment I’m happy as I am.
    Remember, something good always comes out of a challenging situation, so …

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  12. 12.03.2008

    Awesome picture! I love your photos I will be back

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  13. 12.03.2008

    That photo looks like you captured a ghost! Kinetic energy! I have no doubt you’ll keep taking magnificent pictures, even without your fave lens!

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  14. 12.03.2008

    Nice one… I am going to try that out tomorrow. Thanks babe.

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  15. 12.05.2008

    oh no…I’m sorry for your loss. ugh…back to the kit lens. sigh.

    go for Manual. You can do it.

    Corey’s last blog post..Photostory Friday~ My love of Macro

  16. 12.05.2008

    oh wow, i can empathize with that. the canon 50mm was the first lens i bought myself to replace the kit lens that came with my digital rebel and i think i’ve put the kit lens back on the camera maybe twice since then…though that may change if santa brings me the wide angle i’ve been hinting about for christmas, lol.
    great shot, love the motion.

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  17. 03.16.2009

    Haha ^^ nice, is there a section to follow the RSS feed

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