I’ve gone and done it — I ordered the Canon 135mm L F/2 lens.
Not without hesitation. And the process that persuaded me to go ahead and click Buy was twofold.
While hemming and hawing and wondering and drumming my fingers, I browsed my Flickr links of photos taken with this magnificent lens. Still I wasn’t fully convinced I should buy it.
In time, I realized what was holding me back — I was looking at the wrong kinds of photos.
There were photos in the collection that I wouldn’t have cared to take in a million years. Flossy portraits of self-conscious models being just one example.
This was interesting. Hm, next I culled the photos I wouldn’t mind taking into their own folder.
You can see the short list below. They are the photos that strike me as real because they reveal something of the person beneat the surface.
There was another criterion that propelled me to Ebay to order the lens.
As an experiment, I toyed with mentally renouncing camera gear purchases altogether. Maybe I should go to the dentist and spend the bucks there instead. This possibility evoked neither joy or disappointment.
What finally tilted the balance was a joy in my heart. Not an emotional feeling, just a subtle sense of rightness. I had offered the lens to God, to be used to serve His work. I have in mind to write more about this, with examples of how it can greatly help us when purchasing gear. Stay tuned.
Kai Wong YouTube review: Canon 135mm f2 — Lord of the Red Rings?)
Here’s my list of 38 “real” pics taken with the Canon 135 F/2. Hope you like ’em.