So I want to preface this by saying that I wasn’t supposed to be spending any money on myself for the month of February, per my 26 in 26 list. I figured since it was the shortest month it would be the easiest to avoid splurging on unnecessary purchases like blankets and candles or something. But I sort of broke that promise to myself on the first day of February (literally) when I went ahead and bought two tickets to see the New Kids On The Block live in June, or as I like to call it, “You’re Welcome, Seven Year Old Erin.” And then there was Red Dwarf Season 10 on DVD. A picture frame. A dog bed for Fitz. New legs for my IKEA ottoman.
I want to pause here and tell you a story about my hilarious friend Audrey (you know, the one who comments here under the name “Gary Oldman” occasionally). Audrey, Anna, and I went to IKEA for lunch last week and I finally decided to swap out the chunky, pale wood legs the IKEA Karlstsad sofa comes with for the sleek, angular brushed silver ones they sell for $20 a set (oh, yeah, I have to add in that IKEA purchase, too). They were super easy to assemble, and I sent Audrey a picture of my handiwork with the caption, “I have new legs!” She wrote back, “Lieutenant Dan!! They look so good!” I almost fell over laughing so hard. Sometimes that’s what you need in life.
So what were we up to so far after only 10 days of the month? Oh, right, not $0. And I only compounded the insult to my checking account over the weekend when I, admittedly after weeks of research, bought a new camera lens. Here’s the part where I bore you with the camera-geek details of why I needed this particular 28mm f/1.8 lens and why it was imperative, especially in light of my upcoming trip to Paris: my camera body is amazing, I love it so, so much, and I knew when I bought it that it was a APS-C (or crop) sensor camera, not full-frame. My camera, and most DSLRs with the exception of a few full-frame bodies (like this one) crops photographs at a 1.6 ratio. Not a huge deal, but it means that all the lenses I use are multiplied by that 1.6 ratio. Have I lost you yet? My trusty 50mm lens that Boyfriend got me for Christmas a few years ago actually reads more like 85mm once you multiplied it by 1.6, so a more zoomed in shot. To get a truer 50mm feel, I would need something more wide angle. The 28mm lens opens as wide as the 50mm lens I have (to a stunning 1.8 aperture) but reads more like 45mm on my camera.
Did that totally confuse the hell out of you? Here are some pictures to describe what I’m talking about:
These were taken from the same position on my sofa, and I apologize for the less than fascinating subject matter. Obviously the 50mm shot is tighter, way more zoomed in, than the 28mm which is what I was going for when I bought the 28mm. It will be great for walking the streets of Paris and not having to be so far away from my subject to make sure everything fits in the frame. And when/if I upgrade to a full-frame body, both lenses will work on it without the crop factor (meaning 50mm will actually be 50mm, and 28 will be 28).
‘To long, didn’t read’ version: I wanted a new lens so I bought one. I have zero impulse control. My degree was in Photojournalism, so I justify this purchase that way.
Someone take away my credit card.