Q&A: What are you obsessed with right now?

I’m counting down the days until my trip to Europe. There’s so much to save up for, so much to plan. I know I’m going to have a great time, and I can’t wait for the future memories that I’m going to make. But my obsession isn’t the trip, it’s the photographs that I’m going keep as souvenirs. Most of my life I have been consumed with savoring memories that you could never really get back. I’ve always kept journals and always got in trouble for stealing my mother’s pictures.

I love my Canon, sometimes she’s a lot to carry and takes so much space in my bag, though I never regret the outcomes of the images I take. Even though the quality of cell phone pictures have improved, it’s still not good enough for me, and I only settle for that when I have no other choice. Ever since I got my sony a6000, I take her everywhere. She’s compact and the quality of the pics can hold up to the ones of my Canon.

So what is really my obsession you ask?

I’m so sick of this stock lens. Yes, it does a pretty good job, but I need more. There’s so much more I can do with just the right piece of glass. Ugh.. everything is so damn expensive. Most of these lenses seem to be more costly than the body of the camera itself (rolls eyes). I’ve been on Ebay, Craigslist and Amazon like a crazy stalker. I’m trying to find 2 lenses, a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens. I want to be able to shoot candids from far, catch natural expression and movement without having the subject get all weird because the camera is pointing at them, and I definitely want to be able to capture all the gorgeous views, museums and historic buildings France, Spain and the U.K. have to offer.

I’ve  been doing some homework on where to get the best the point of views of different things like the obvious Eiffel Tower and The Arc of Triomphe. So I’m going to have to bookmark a lot of things.

I just invested in two new lenses. The first one is a Konica Hexar 135mm f3.5 and the second one is a Minolta 50mm f1.7. Now I know theses aren’t exactly what I was looking for, the range in the 135mm is not anywhere close to what I wanted, and the 50mm is not what I wanted either, but I feel like I can make these work. The 50mm is going to give me great portrait shots. And even though I fell in looooove with the Sony SEL 18-200mm lens, I really don’t feel like cashing out $900 right now when that can be used on my trips. On that note, anyone willing to speak to my landlord so I can live for free?

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