Guess what I found!

by Janice

I have been procrastinating. (I know – a very common theme in my busy life.) But this time it paid off!

You see, I have been wanting to buy a Canon EF 50mm 1.4 lens ever since I bought my Canon 40D. I have been planning to do it for months. I look it up online, drool, long, and then decide, yes, I will buy it. But then, for some reason, I don’t actually do it. I suppose the reason I never get around to actually clicking “check out” is a mixture of cost and getting distracted by something.

A few nights ago, my friend and I were talking on the phone about cameras. He was asking how I liked my Canon 40D and considering moving from his Rebel to the 40D.

I told him that I was planning on buying the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and while I was talking to him I browsed sites trying to decide which site to purchase from. But it was late at night, so when I hung up the phone, I decided to buy it in the morning. (Yes – more procrastination.)

But, apparently there was a reason I kept not actually buying that lens.

Yesterday, when sorting through a bunch of my Mom’s stuff, I found my Dad’s Canon EF 50mm 1.8 lens. (When my father died several years ago, I inherited one of his Canon SLR’s and my brother received the other one.)

While I still want to get the 1.4 one day, I am content inheriting his 1.8.

I love using my Dad’s Canon SLR. I love the irony that after a childhood of complaining that my Dad took too many pictures, I have actually become even more obsessed with photography than he was! (Now, it is my husband and my son telling me I take too many photos.)

But since I am using a Digital SLR now, my Dad’s Canon sits collecting dust. With this lens, it feels like I am slipping a little bit of the past into my present.

So, what do you think? Don’t you just love that yummy blur? (And Olivia is pretty sweet too!)


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1 Kalisha May 31, 2008 at 9:49 am

It is ok to be snap happy when the pictures you take are so precious! I wished I had more photos from my childhood. That is why I take so many pics of my kids now so that they will have those memories.


2 Karen Putz / DeafMom May 31, 2008 at 10:02 am

What a precious photo! It’s nice knowing that you have that connection with your Dad each time you snap a photograph.


3 Dawn May 31, 2008 at 10:03 am

Aww how cute, I wish I could take such cute pictures. I take many pictures of my boys, but most of the time they just don’t have that “photographer” look too them. Oh well it’s about the memories I guess.


4 Kari May 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

LOVE IT!!! What a gorgeous photo of a gorgeous girl! :) Thanks for sharing…love the “story” behind it all. Enjoy your weekend!


5 Sky May 31, 2008 at 11:59 am

What a great find! That picture is too cute!


6 rachel May 31, 2008 at 12:08 pm

What a great story and a wonderful way to ‘link’ to your dad.
That shot is precious!!!


7 Victoria May 31, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I lost my dad a few years ago so the story behind this is sweet to me. It’s like you are looking at that sweet baby face through your dad’s eyes! Just perfect!


8 AreWeThereYetMom May 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm

That is definetly a very special find. I enjoyed reading the story behind it.

She sure is a sweetie.


9 Jen May 31, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I got all teary eyed! Now if it wasn’t fate that you found that lens, I don’t know what is. What a wonderful picture as well :)


10 Stephanie June 1, 2008 at 2:14 pm

That picture is awesome – and your “model” is such a beauty! :)


11 Mikki June 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Too precious.

My youngest is getting into photography. I can see how it can be addicting.


12 Lani June 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

First off, great pic!

Second, I’m up to my eyeballs in researching different SLR cameras. Do I want a Canon D40 or a Pentax –which would fit my old lens– or something else? It sounds like you really like your camera. They’ve come down in price too since the D60s are out.

Ok, I’m just rambling. :-)


13 Angela June 2, 2008 at 10:30 am

What a great find and a great way to carry on your father’s tradition. I have this lens as well and the bokeh is great!!


14 annaliza June 3, 2008 at 10:19 am

i’m trying to get an SLR camera because they’re the professional. and the canon slrs are, really, the best!! horray for lenses!

olivia’s photos are always picture perfect! what a beautiful family you all are!


15 Susan June 9, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I’m a mom looking to buy the best digital SLR and lenses I can find. I’m an absolute amateur, but plan on really learning the craft. When I research cameras and lenses online, I get advice from a whole host of people who don’t have the perspective I’m looking for, but it sounds like you might. As a mom who wants impeccable photos, what do you suggest for cameras and lenses? I’m looking at the Canon XSI and the following lenses: 50mm 1.4 (or 1.8), 85mm 1.8, 135mm 2.0, 70-200mm IS USM 2.8L, and the 24-70mm 2.8?L. Which lenses do you use to get great photos of your kids? Thanks for your help. Susan


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