Old Hands Lead to New Things

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I took this picture while I was seeing how well the Sigma 17 – 70 lens focused up close, and while looking at the result I was reminded that I should probably tell you some more about why I have pursued a lighter, more easy to hold camera system that still lets me practice photography.  You have read enough about my back problems, but it isn’t the only problem.  My hands are also a big problem, and at the moment they are giving me more grief than my back.  I have arthritis in my back and hands.

Have you ever found yourself using both hands to lift a can of beer at the end of the day?  I sometimes find myself doing that to keep from dropping it, especially if I have carried and used a camera much during the day.  This is another reason why I am exploring lighter-weight cameras with better grips and changing what I photograph to fit an easier to use format.

There is a positive side to my life.  Physical changes force me to try new things.  I have gotten tired of photographing the same things in the same way, and I now have an excuse to look for, and try new things … new cameras and lenses and new subjects and techniques.