First Day with a New Lens

I absolutely love working with my Canon 100mm macro lens. It truly is quite the remarkable lens, and it’s my go-to one. I have been taking it on my walks ever since we purchased it. Poor Dan … he’s yet to try it, since it’s always in my possession. (But truly, I’ve offered to sacrifice it for a while and he declines.)

But the 100mm macro is big, and it’s heavy.

When Dan and I take trips overseas we do carryon only (yes, even for our 35 day trip a few years ago that included wedding clothes!), and I wanted to see if I could find a set up that would allow me to have less weight in my shoulder bag.

I received my new 60mm Canon lens last Friday and was finally able to put it to the test on my eleven (really) mile walk today. I think it works fairly well!

I can’t use it with my 5D Mark ii, but I take my Rebel SL2 on my long trips because it’s so much lighter anyway — on these trips every ounce counts! I go so far as to weigh all my clothing to see what works best for my Osprey Porter backpack (I’m linking to the older version, which is what I have: I much prefer it to their newer one, actually).

But enough rambling. This is just to say I’m pretty darn happy with this lens. I’ll also bring along my tiny Canon 24mm lens. I’m not sure if I’ll invest in a zoom or not — I’m spending far too much money — but I think that a zoom would complete the mix.

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Equipment

My husband had warned me when I began my photography adventure a number of years ago. He made it clear that I’d never be completely satisfied. He was right.

Ah the search for the perfect camera bag! It really is a never ending quest. I have two older Lowepro flipside backpack style bags that I use frequently, and I have an older Passport sling bag as well. They have GREAT customer service, by the way!

I have a couple of Osprey bags (both the Flapjack and the Flapjill Courier), which I use with inserts I’ve purchased, and a larger bag they used to make, the “Beta Daypack”, which was (probably wisely) discontinued as it wasn’t very good, despite its cost. Still they, too, have good customer service: when a clip broke they immediately sent a replacement. They’ve always responded immediately to my questions.

I have a Kelly Moore bag that I bought for a wedding and the faux leather was awful after only one use so I’m off of Kelly Moore’s bags (I wrote to them to tell them and received no reply at all, so I can’t say anything good about the customer service there).

But still … I want the perfect bag!

I’m now looking at this wonderful Tenba DNA 15 bag. At the moment I’m merely coveting it, as the cost is more than I can afford at the moment. But it sure looks as if it might be the perfect bag.

Any readers out there use this? Any readers ever had any Tenba bag?