My insurance cheque arrived to replace all my gear the DAY we got back from Washington. Sigh… I have to admit, spending $10,000 all at once is kind of fun. Got the camera replaced, one of the big lenses, some CF cards, a new backpack, and a battery grip. I have one large lens on order but prepaid it so I wouldn’t piddle it all away.
…boy… you don’t get much for $10,000 anymore, do you ;)
Washington, in a way, was a good experience to get back to older stuff. My old (OLD) original Digital Rebel (no letters or numbers after it, just “Digital Rebel”) in its 6MP glory. I brought with me my trusty 50mm 1.8 for night shots, my beautiful and so lucky it wasn’t with the gear during the robbeer 17-40mm L, and a really old, really crappy 75-300 with a large scratch across the front glass. It made me REALLY think about taking the shot and I did it less in zombie mode. I had to switch the camera to Av though, I could not run that puppy in Manual… what a pain trying to change settings.
Yes, there were moments where I went “AARGH!! I could have had such a great shot if I had my gear!!!” but for the most part, it rarely bugged me once I got there. My kid was ok, and I was in a beautiful city taking part in history.
My new stuff? Freaking amazing. The only thing different is the camera. My 30D isn’t made anymore so they replaced it with a 50D. I was all ready not to like the 50D but it’s a pretty sweet piece of kit.
What should my parents and I do Friday & Saturday? Mom’s list includes a trolley tour Friday night, and mine has the Nat’l Museum of the American Indian and the National Geographic Museum.
We’re heading down Thursday from Canada and have never been. I’ve got a guidebook that says the spy museum is a must see (and a sister who’s been there who says the same). They can easily spend two days just in the mall area alone, by the looks of it - all the buildings of the Smithsonian, the Captial, the Lincoln memorial… looks like it’d take two days just to see the bare minimum.
I’ve got my new ‘marching shoes’ on, as I type this, breaking them in for the weekend! Can’t say “see you there” ‘cause I wouldn’t know you to walk on you… but I’ll be there marching with you! :)
If you want, reblog this back with what your parents are interested in and I can list off what my “Top 10, Washington DC” book recommends in that area.