You’re out and about and have your film camera slung around you and you’re taking the most epic photos when suddenly, the cheap lens that you bought on the street for a price too low suddenly breaks. Now you are left with 2 lenses which are pretty much useless. Here’s what I did.
As I was frolicking about in Disneyland, I had the great misfortune of having my Nikon 36-72mm lens break (the front element of my lens – the bit where the rubber was glued onto and where the focusing happened – popped right off as I was turning it). But what I discovered afterwards gave me such pleasure. I turned this misfortune into an opportunity.
So, we were seated at a restaurant after the long but fun-filled day and I was fiddling with my camera, still in shock at what had happened. I set my dinner aside and popped off the prism of my F2 to see if I could at least get anything decent off the broken lens. I moved the front element of the lens to and fro and what I saw there, made me giddy. As I moved the front nearer to the body of the lens, it would focus to infinity but as I moved the front farther away, It would act as a macro lens and focus on the closest subject to me. My hands were up in jubilation. I may have lost a lens – an albeit crappy lens to begin with – and gained a macro for free. I was so enthralled with what I got that I went on further and shot even more!
Aye but then all fun must come to a sort of plateau, I guess. I was in a Camera show in Pasadena and I was short on money and I ended up selling my 36-72mm. What I bought with the 20 I got from the 36-72 plus a little savings was even better though – a 55mm micro nikkor! But that’s another story.
So the next time something like this happens to you – don’t fret. You’re a lomographer! Think up something creative!