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Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Dave!Thanks to nasty side-effects from prescribed drugs I was given when I was younger, I've been sliding into a nice pile of debt over the past five years. Now that I'm "cured," I finally got a loan so I can pay off my massive stack of medical bills.

After depositing the money into my bank account, I paused so I could pretend I was rich for a few minutes. It didn't suck. I sat there daydreaming of all the amazingly cool things I could do with that pile of cash, and couldn't wipe the smile off my face.

Then I wrote the checks to pay my medical bills and was snapped back to reality.

When all was said and done, I ended up having a mind-boggling $464 left over. Apparently a past payment was credited wrong or something. If I were smart, I'd have stuck the money in my savings account, long since depleted. Or perhaps put it towards a loan payment.

Instead I spent $599 on this...

Tokina 11-16 Lens

I've always wanted an ultra-wide-angle lens, but I could never justify spending the money. If I have that kind of cash laying around, I'd rather spend it traveling somewhere cool. But I am already traveling to "somewhere cool" when I go on vacation in eleven days. So I decided I'd just blow the money on something I can't afford before my loan payments start and I really can't afford it.

I'll try not to think about that, and instead focus on how having this lens will make me enjoy my vacation even more. It's the little things that make life worth living, after all.

Or so I keep hearing.

Personally, I'd rather have the big pile of cash.

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  1. muskrat says:

    Can’t wait to see the pictures you make with this thing!

    Our income has been very up and down the past 2 years, and it’s hard to be restrained when it’s way up, just as it’s hard not to panic when it’s way down. Still, I try to allow a few “big” purchases like the one you made without guilt, provided it’s paid for with cash (ie, not on credit) and that it’ll last a long time. I think a nice lens will help you enjoy future trips and create memories for a long time, so no guilt allowed.

  2. sizzle says:

    Life is too short- enjoy the lens! And your upcoming adventure. 🙂

  3. Sybil Law says:

    Yeah, but think of the mind blowing pics you can take now!!
    You deserve it.

  4. Ren says:

    Your landscape (err.. cityscape) shots are already so amazing, I’m actually nervous to see what you’ll come up with now! Enjoy!

  5. Finn says:

    Life is short… enjoy when you get the chance.

    And? I’m coveting your lens.

  6. Nice. I’d love to see the shots you take with that beast.

  7. Erin says:

    One of the things that being married to my “if its near me I will spend it” husband has helped me to develop is a really awesome ability to justify impulse purchases, so I give to you the following:

    You already take amazing photos and this will help you take amazingER photos (if that’s even possible) which, if you needed to, you could sell prints of which would help you make back the money you just spent on the lens.

    Ta-Da! It’s not an impulse buy, it’s a business expenditure (in terrible grammatic form)!

  8. Alexander says:

    Oooh! That looks NICE! I’ve wanted a super wide angle for a long time, but never had the cash laying around. Congrats!

  9. Hilly Sue says:

    Ooooh, Momma likes! I wonder if you use that lens to take pictures of me, if *that* will make you recognize me again. 😉

  10. Angella says:

    I’ve been wondering what wide angle lens to get, and I think you may have inspired me.

    Have a great trip!

    • Dave2 says:

      This is an ULTRA-wide-angle 11mm-16mm, which may be too wide for a great many photos you might take. Something in the 16mm-24mm range is a more common “wide angle” size, and might be more useful to you.

      BUT… if you are looking for wide, wide coverage and don’t mind the distortion, this may be the lens for you! 🙂

  11. Tug says:

    You’ve had years of shit with medical expenses, you deserve the lens guilt free! Sometimes, we just need to treat ourselves. Cannot WAIT to see some photos taken with this!

  12. Etienne says:

    Something else to pack, eh?

  13. I’m glad you bought the lens! With all the travel and exploring you do, and your great events and meet ups, you’ll more than get your money out of this little gem. Very nice 🙂

  14. Justin Scott says:

    I used to have that lens but passed it onto a friend of mine after I went full frame. Great lens!

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