The Best Lens on the Planet!

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Imagine the following lens:

    1. Can capture wide angle panoramas
    2. Can capture detail as close as one inch away.
    3. Can capture detail as far away as 300 feet in most cases.
    4. Can adjust to extreme low light scenarios in an instant
    5. Can adjust to extreme bright light scenarios in an instant
    6. Can capture HDR imagery with no post processing
    7. Can capture 3-D in the truest sense of the word
    8. Can capture images with no pixelation
    9. Can capture the widest tonal range available in the visible light spectrum.

How much would you spend on these lenses? How much would you protect, treasure, and cherish them? We all love our high quality optical glass whether we be Canonites, Nikonians, Pentaxians, Olympians or whatever. Across all brands, we know the value of high quality optics, and also know that such optics do not come cheaply.

We also know that owning such gear requires regular maintenance. I know people who take a lens out of it’s case, place it on a camera, take a picture, and when done, replace it right back in the case. When the lens costs upwards of $5000 or even $10,000 for the super zooms, it’s understandable. Many would say that even the most expensive lenses in the market today do not meet all of the above 9 criteria. So, it’s kind of hard to put a price on such a hypothetical lens.

However, we are all given two of these lenses by default – even before we got into photography. What are these two lenses that are priceless? OUR EYES!

Think of all the time we spend cleaning our lenses, wiping them down, avoiding scuffs, chips, and keeping away from dust and dirt as much as possible. Then compare that to the amount of time we spend maintaining our optical health. It’s kind of ironic, eh?. So many of us take our eyes for granted. The moral of the story?


I just got back from my annual eye exam the other day, with some good and bad news. The good news is that the glaucoma and macular degeneration which runs in the family (both sides) has not reared its ugly head yet. The bad news is that apparently I am getting to an age in my eye health where I need a little assistance at both the near and far end of vision – in other words: bifocals! *shudder*

While it’s not the end of the world, and I certainly can swallow my pride, accept the fact that my eyes will see better and get the glasses, it is just another anecdote where a little education can come from it – to take care of your own lenses (your eyes).   After all, without your own lenses, the rest of the lenses in the world won’t make a difference!  On that note, let’s get out and use our eyes to capture the world around us!  Happy shooting, have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

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3 comments for “The Best Lens on the Planet!

  1. November 27, 2009 at 8:54 am

    God that is sooo true! I am with you on the corrective vision – I use contacts, for astigmatism no less, and I manage fairly well. You’ll be fine and your pictures will still rock! Besides, what’s that they say…one blurry picture is a mistake, 30 blurry ones are a trend! LOL

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