It has been a lousy month for my equipment. First, I accidentally dropped a lens which broke beyond repair. Needless to say I am researching new lens options and planning a rental to test out my top choices. This isn’t the worst thing to happen, but definitely an unexpected expense. I enjoyed this lens (as Sigma 18-270) as a good walk around travel option. It had a nice range and produced pretty sharp images. Deciding on a new lens for its replacement is no easy task. What am considering? Well, I might buy another Sigma 18-270 for a travel lens. I’m also looking at the Nikon 18-140 which I explored on a recent expedition to the actual B&H store in NYC. I have a great Nikon 80-440 to cover the longer distance, so I’m thinking the 18-140 will be enough. Testing and rental time coming up next. Unfortunately, not long after finishing editing all of my Utah and Arizona trip photos my portable hard drive died. Yes, that’s right. It died and went to hard drive heaven. As far as the hard drive is concerned, I will stress BACK-UPS! Back up often and consistently. I thankfully didn’t lose any of the original images. My motto is never erase the SD cards until the portable hard drive has been backed up. Well, this was so fortunate. Now all I’ve got to do is re-edit the images. Maybe this a good thing and I’ll get to see the images in a new light. Always look at the bright side and BACK UP your photos!