broken 40-150R replacement: WWYD?

Started Jun 19, 2014 | Questions thread
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Bob Tullis
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Re: broken 40-150R replacement: WWYD?
In reply to Neurad1, Jun 19, 2014

Neurad1 wrote:

Bob Tullis wrote:

If I were you I'd replace it, easily. To my mind the alternatives would be the water-resistant 35-100/2.8 (over $1000 US), or Oly's 40-150 that's not out yet and likely would cost even more (aside from either having more mass).

As for losing the filter. . . . I've lost countless lens caps, dropped one or two CP's in water where they couldn't be retrieved, but I still find it hard to believe I lost a 7-14 lens a few years ago. That is, it could always be worse.

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...Bob, NYC
"Well, sometimes the magic works. . . Sometimes, it doesn't." - Chief Dan George, Little Big Man

Thanks, Bob. I already own the 35-100/2.8. Would you still make the "buy" recommendation?

Yes, but only because of the way you spoke of it.   I have/respect the lens, but only for a short while.  I haven't bonded with it as I have with alternatives (yet?).

While I feel pretty awful about breaking the lens and losing the filter, it could have been so much worse. I literally face-planted in gravel along a potholed road and came away with only a few bruises and a split lip, but no broken bones or teeth. I recovered nicely after a couple of pints of Guinness which my wife insisted upon since I was so bummed about the lens at the time. She's a keeper.

Indeed, she is.  

I can relate. . . one of the last times I was using a DSLR it was on a tripod at the edge of a roadside lake.  As I was looking to find a better composition I picked up the rig with the legs extended but folded together, and while looking though the viewfinder I would move left/right, forward/back. . . tripped over one of the small boulders that lined the edge of the road. . . I swung the tripod out and the camera struck ground like I was using it as a hammer, while I tried to turn to my side and back while falling head forward down a rough scree covered slope.   When I stopped moving, after the great relief I didn't strike my head in the process, not to mention end up further downslop into the water. . . I started to LOL, picturing what I must have looked like.  (What a great video that could have been)

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...Bob, NYC
"Well, sometimes the magic works. . . Sometimes, it doesn't." - Chief Dan George, Little Big Man

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