My friend Wes is a bargain hunter, sometimes to ridiculous extremes. He is one of those people that won't buy something unless it is on sale. I think it must be some of that hunter instinct left over from the caveman days, but instead of using a spear he uses the computer.
So one day while Wes was out "hunting" he came across this Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for $15 on Amazon. $15!!! He immediately ordered 15 lenses. After about 10 minutes Amazon fixed the price, but they had to honor the price they had posted. Wes is a good friend so he gave me one of the lenses for free. He sold the rest on Craigslist. I offered to pay, er, you know, the $15, but he wouldn't take it. So this is my new free/$15/$190 lens.
This is a great addition to my lenses because I don't shoot telephoto very much, so I don't really need a high end telephoto. My heart lies with wide angles. In fact this lens is probably one of the last things I would buy myself, but it is something that I could use from time to time. It was fortuitous.
Wes is a bit of a long shot himself. He was diagnosed with leukemia in the summer of 2007. He is a teacher at my school and missed all of that school year. He had a successful bone marrow transplant in December and returned to work this year.
Unfortunately he called me today from the hospital. Some tests that he took over thanksgiving break concerned the doctors so they took more tests and got the results today. The leukemia is back. He will start chemo on Wednesday. Right now I feel like I'm looking down a long, LONG tunnel. Having to go through all of that the first time is one thing. There is always the hope at the other end that things will work out and life will return to normal. And it DID and it was great. But now we are back to square one again. And this time we know how long and how hard the journey is. But he will make that journey with his friends behind him. I believe in long shots.