My Favorite Lens Broke

13 October 2010

2 years. This is a 2 year old lens. Too early to have it fixed. They say the life span of a properly maintained lens or kit would last up to 6 years maybe even 10. My favorite lens got busted. If you'll remember in one of my shoutouts on Plurk: Somebody borrowed my camera. Since it's for a photography class and with full support coming on my part, I didn't hesitate anymore. I understand the need when it comes to these kind of things. But when it was handed back to me yesterday, sad to say, it didn't return in good condition. There were a lot of things to consider, but #1 the person  who borrowed it is not an expert yet. Like me, I rely so much on the basics. And it took me years to fully utilize my camera's features, and this is also the reason why I haven't moved to a higher unit. Yes, I do have spare lenses. But I always come back to my basic 18-55mm. For me, it's the most balanced lens I've ever used.
Even between another SLR with a better lens, I still choose my basic18-55mm. This baby has brought  out so much in me as a picture enthusiast. I can't say as a photographer, because I still have so much to learn and to experience. And as a full time mom, it's impossible for me to embrace that path at this time. The EFS 18-55mm gave me my most memorable shots too. Remember the photo contest I joined 3 months ago?
It was my first photo contest, with just a basic kit I was able to take a clear shot of what they call a once in a lifetime event. How? What? 18-55mm can take this image? Well, there was a bit of creativity and resourcefulness pulled on my part. Another category was THE CITY LIGHTS. Of course my shots weren't as clear compared to the professionals who joined the contest. To be honest, I was the most "kulelat". Meaning: last in the competition, with less equipments at hand. I really didn't have any intentions of joining. I was there to take pictures of the event. But the whole feel lured me to join. Seeing people with cameras inspired me to try.  Gladly, my shots qualified. It was very fulfilling. So guys, don't be ashamed to use your basic kit. Show them what you got with less equipments. This will truly test your eye in this field. Today, my husband will bring this lens to Canon Marketing Service Center in Makati. If the cost of the repair will be as much as buying a brand new lens, most probably, I will get a new one or upgrade to another lens then still have this 18-55mm fixed. Keeping my fingers crossed...

3 comments:

ceemee said...

That's too bad... I hope it gets fixed by Canon. My hubby uses Canon also and just in case Canon won't fix it, he knows someone who can try. :-)

Ebie said...

How sad, I hope that person can help defray the cost to repair or get a new one. I do not usually loan precious things like this.

Good luck.

Gin E said...

That's sad. Hope you get a good deal with the repair...

 
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