This is what I got for my birthday.
Because my friends are pretty much the awesomest people ever, ever.
Sebastien organized a group of my friends to pitch in toward this 50mm prime f/1.8 lens. For those who aren’t into this geeky shit, a 50mm prime is one of the core pieces of kit that any photographer should have; I wanted to save up and get the 50mm f/1.4 but this will do nicely. When I opened this in front of two dozen friends, I struggled to hold back tears. This is the nicest thing anyone who’s not related to me has ever done. I broke down later in the night, in private. Experimenting with this lens continues; results should be up soon.
Thanks, folks. Love ya.