I help people shop for cameras for a living, and I'm quite good at it if I do say so myself, yet when I find myself shopping for cameras myself I find it exhausting...almost distressing, even. I wonder if other people feel the same way.
When I groused yesterday that the weather would probably be bad for my five-day window with the rental D800E, a number of people jumped eagerly in to admonish me that "bad weather makes good pictures," in the words of Sam Abell's dad.
To which my grumpy response is, yeah, sometimes. Crappy featureless gray days with crappy light don't make good pictures.
And of course this morning I got the notice that the D800E has shipped and in en route to TOP World Headquarters—and it's a crappy featureless gray day with crappy light. Figures. Now I have to start hoping anxiously that the weather changes.
Even worse: just when I had decided on Mario and Zombies, something happens to make Final Fantasy and Japanese imports look that much better. In other words, no sooner do I settle my mind on Nikon for a big, full-size, full-frame camera, than this happens...
...Oren sends me a link to a rumor report of a forthcoming image-stabilized EF 35mm ƒ/2 lens.
This won't be exciting for most people. But all of us, or most of us, have "mainstay lenses," the lens we do most of our work with, the lens that suits the way we see. Oren put it succinctly when he said "for my taste, it will be the most important lens introduction of the year." Dammit. For my taste too.
The waters grow cloudier. My grumpiness level rises. I even have a Canon film camera, that I could use this lens on too.
I shall keep you posted. Unless of course my head explodes first.
(Thanks to Oren Grad)
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