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Last Shot in the Life of a Lens

Last night I headed up to Twin Peaks to do a little shooting. Those of you who've followed my stuff know that this is a favorite place of mine to shoot. I had a dinner for a non-profit thing earlier in the night where I was speaking and had the suit on and the whole thing so I thought I'd head up there and take a few night shots of the City and freshen up a series of self portraits I'd shot there a few years ago.

 

The views on the top of Twin Peaks are spectacular. So I put my 24mm on my 5D and began shooting a series of timer shots. After this shot I went to adjust my camera and take the next shot. Everything was set. But it was dark up there and as I walked around my camera and tripod to return to the scene for the next photograph I accidently knocked one of the legs of my tripod with my own leg. And down she went. Hard.

 

The 24mm f/1.4 broke the fall. And after that it no longer works. It's pretty banged up and won't focus and sounds loose and I guess I finally killed it. The thing was pretty much on it's last leg anyways. I've shot with it almost every day for almost 2 years. I'd broken the manual/auto focus switch off a while back. So it only worked with autofocus, which is a pain. But, I'll miss that broken old lens. The Canon 24mm f/1.4 has been a favorite of mine and it's an old friend that is now gone.

 

So this morning I hopped on to B&H's website and bit the bullet and bought a replacement 24mm f/1.4. It should arrive on Friday. The nice news is that it's about $500 cheaper than what it was a few years ago. Still expensive of course.

 

To try and make myself feel a little bit better over the loss I also splurged and bought the L Series 14mm ultra wide angle prime.

 

Anyways a sad story that ends unsatisfyingly (is that a word?) with promise, but also with me being out a chunk of change. I'm sure I'll grow to love my new 24mm as much as my old. But me and my old 24mm had some great days indeed.

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Taken on May 8, 2007