Which Lens Should I Take?

Take on my upcoming flight to Michigan? I’m not going to make the same mistake twice with traveling up there. In August, I was at my daughter’s delayed wedding reception. Delayed by design. I opted to leave my Nikon back home and paid for it. Paid for it in terms of shitty iPhone photos that just couldn’t do the work that a Nikon can. My bad, and I felt bad for my daughter. She wanted better photos…

, for our early December family Christmas (we always do this early) I’ve been messing around with two of my lenses, deciding which to take because it’s a matter of room in my tiny carryon bag. The 18-55mm lens has a bit of zoom capability, the Primary lens does not. The Primary is the smallest lens I have and works as well as the 18-55mm does though. Sans the zooming. I’m leaning toward the Primary lens for this trip.

travel size coupled with decent performance sans the zoom of course… It’s going to be wonderful to see my family again and I want to get the best photos I can get this Christmas. I can’t help but feel time is creeping up on me. Recently our family lost another family member. My uncle Ron passed away a couple weeks ago. He was healthy as hell all his life then found out he had cancer and just a few days to live. He’s gone.

of my aunts and uncles are gone now except one aunt. My dad said he has watched his friends die around him in the last two years and he’s correct. I feel sad for him and stay in contact frequently, he’ll be ninety years young this coming April. My mother passed in twenty twelve, our Christmas’ are just not the same without her love of family and holidays. It’s tough on me to be so far away yet I stay here by choice.

finances will improve nicely inside of one year from now when certain obligations from the divorce have been met, and more of the debt I agreed to assume as part of the divorce, are paid off. I’ve paid off plenty of debt already. Marriage isn’t an institution that I care much for. Her and I both made some stupid decisions. But living this life as a single man is so much simpler and cheaper. Love – you’ve been bad to me…

(NOTE: Sorry but I noticed I’ve chopped off a bit of the text in this post)

The test photos, the woman was a random photo!

About John

John is a native Michigander, he's 56 years young and retired. I've been using WordPress.com since 2000 with various websites both self-hosted and the WP.com side and spend a great deal of time in WordPress and Instagram. It's a photo obsession... Thanks for visiting.

5 Responses

  1. I fully understand the lens choices for traveling. I also agreed that pictures from any smart phones these days are getting better but they are not quite up to the bigger sensor in the bigger cameras yet.

    When traveling, I always use my prime lens (I hardly use zoom) and one lens to keep my bag light and compact. I missed some angles / reaches some time for sure. I think it is a challenge. Of course it would be wrong if you know you would be shooting far away objects e.g. sport stadium etc.). I did not mean that. Best wish with your choice. Regardless, please have a great time meeting your family.

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