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    Zen and changing lenses

    When changing lenses on your SLR, in your mind do you remove the lens from the camera or the camera from the lens?
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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Ommmmm
    Lens from the camera unless the lens is really big
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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    I gently and kindly separate the two from one another, neither has priority over the other, for one cannot function without the other; then unite the camera body with a new mate... err, lens of equal importance. The previous lens is respectfully stowed and will surely be addressed again when the time is right for both camera body and lens.

    Ommmmmm

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Dale,
    yes that is on the good path
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    Interesting question . I regard the lens as the moveable piece and my thoughts are get it off as fast as can be and give me another one on the body even faster. Let me put it another way i been known to toss a lens in a bag and put another one on about as fast as I can blink. No regard for the lens coming off it did it's job and I want something else fast. I do treat my gear nicely but I will not stop and put a lens cap on to get to the next lens only when I get a break than i will reorganize the bag.

    I got a rush saying that. LOL
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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    When my gear is spanking brand new, changing lenses takes on all the ritual and formality of a Japanese Tea Ceremony. After awhile though, it's push, turn, yank, toss, cram, turn, click. Sort it out later.

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    Agree the lens is the main subject for the reasons Guy gives, but I counter-twist both at the same time. Weird I know, but then when I'm doing it I don't really think about it and instead just do it. Mount the new one back on that way too, with a counter-twist on both lens and body...
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    Without the grasshopper, the leaf has no purpose. And without the leaf, the grasshopper has no chance.

    Or... I twist the lens from the camera body. Either way, when it's all done, I drink wine or spirits.


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    It is not important if the lens stays on or comes off.
    A camera without a lens is only a very small dark room which obscures its purpose.

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    Bob we should quote that and put it somewhere on the forum. Hmmm
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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    I prefer to keep separate lenses mounted to different bodies and then just grab what is needed.....however, that does get costly if you collect a lot of glass ;-)

    When shooting, I keep my eyes on the scene, and just replace whatever lens is needed, mostly by feel and trained repetitive muscle movements, as the camera is usually "welded" to my hand via a handstrap.....so the lens gets separated from the body.

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    That was the basis for the PUN :-)

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Which I believe lead to the phrase for having board meetings "in camera."
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    Well, most of my board meetings are at least in obscura while in camera as well.

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    The camera removes. The Lens removes. The mind removes.

    All have missed it.

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Whether the lens is removed from the camera, or the camera from the lens is directional proportional to their replacement cost if they hit the ground. The 'cheaper' of the two is the one that is 'removed'.

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Since the absolute velocity of both camera and lens is so great as we whirl around this universe, the small relative velocities achieved are insignificant and negligible.
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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Its really quite dangerous with a screw thread to spin the camera,.............especially if on a tripod.

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by nei1 View Post
    Its really quite dangerous with a screw thread to spin the camera,.............especially if on a tripod.

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    Re: Zen and changing lenses

    Then hold the lens and spin the tripod

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