When you lose your lenses in Amsterdam, you buy new stuff and unbox it online

I mentioned in my last blog that I lost my lenses on my and my husband’s honeymoon/1 year trip to Amsterdam, and that I ordered new stuff and would do an unboxing. Ta da! Done.

In this video, we look at a Canon 80D body, Canon 50mm 1.4 lens, Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 lens and a Canon 24mm 2.8 lens.

Awesome photographer mentioned: http://jacobinphotography.zenfolio.com

80D : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BUYK04A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

50mm: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009XVCZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sigma 10-20 3.5: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002D2VS9U/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Canon 24mm 2.8: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NI3BZ5K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


For the record, no one paid me to talk about this stuff – BUT! I’m open to that sort of arrangement. 😉

When you lose your bag in Amsterdam

Some of you probably saw my vlog two weeks ago (hint: it’s this one)

Then radio silence:

And now, I’m back!

With interesting stories to share.

The biggest one being that, on my way from the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam into Amsterdam Centraal (the main train station) I left my day bag (sorry Jesse!)(not featured in the video as I added it later) on the train. I had taken it off and set it on a luggage rack while having to stand on a fully packed train.

At the station, I was in such a rush to get off before the doors closed that I somehow forgot it.

And didn’t realize until I was crossing streets into the downtown.

My husband and I rushed back – sadly knowing the train would already be gone worse, we didn’t even know which platform it was at. We went to lost-and-found, filled out a report, and checked back there and at Schiphol as often as we could.


Despite my equipment looking like this:

I never did get it back.

Guess I should have put something other than my phone number on my equipment – because, go figure, the number does not work when you lose something in a different country.

That, or someone really needed a wide angle lens and a nice 50mm portrait lens.

Thankfully I did not leave any money in that bag, nor passport, nor credit cards or anything that would have been a real struggle for me to get back.

Just 2 camera lenses, an iPhone charger cord, notebook (sorry Ryan!), my first aid kit, camera battery and external battery. (Oh, and a half eaten meringue. But I didn’t sweat that, and honestly was glad to be rid of it. How in the heck are we supposed to eat that much sugar?)

So what do you do when you lose a bag in Amsterdam?

While it stinks to not be able to use your wide angle while in Bruges, the key after losing your bag in Amsterdam is not let it ruin the vacation. You figure out how to replace or live without what you’ve lost, and you move forward.

Truly, this goes for any vacation and any situation in life. Unsavory things are going to happen. You’ll lose something, something is stolen, you won’t recieve the promotion, the dog dies (please not this one!), someone yells at you, you get sick, a deal falls through, your equipment breaks… and it sucks. It really does.

But that is one small piece of this whole big adventure of life. The way you handle your bad situation and the lessons you find from it, as well as the stories you are now able to share, usually end up making the whole situation worthwhile. Not in the way that we would actually CHOOSE to suffer, but the suffering leads to breakthroughs in thoughts and beliefs that might have had a hard time happening without a catalyst.

That night, I laid awake in bed, and I envisioned myself years from now, on a stage, speaking to a packed audience.  I related to them my experience. I spoke to my audience as if the situation had passed long ago, and as if I had learned valuable lessons from it. I talked to them of how, yes, that set me back financially but that it was okay, because it prompted me to upgrade my equipment. And work harder to get the money back. It was okay, because now I could use that story to share with them. It was okay, because my losses could have been worse. It was okay, because I was with my husband, both of us were in good health and we were in FREAKING EUROPE. How can such a thing NOT be okay?

I told my audience, as I am now telling you, that any moment, we have so many, SO SO MANY, things to be grateful for. The delicious sandwich on fresh bread. The sun shining through a chill morning. How great we feel in our new outfit. Our family loves us. Our homes are filled with posessions we adore. The fact that we have a home AND it has plumbing, heating and electricity. We are breathing right now. Our dogs are alive. Our computers work well. That computers EXIST. That we live in the 21st century where it’s possible to do meaningful work from almost anywhere. Internet, dare me. Dare me to go on. Because as an assignment, I made a list of 1,001 things I was grateful for and could have kept going.

What is losing 2 camera lenses (etc) compared to that?


Money and stuff can be regained.

The memories we COULD HAVE MADE cannot be.


It sucked. When I kept checking back and there was nothing, when I checked my email and there was nothing, when I went to use something then realized it had been in that bag, there was pain. Mostly pain at my own stupidity. Oh how it would have been nice to go back in time and put that dang bag on my shoulder. There was some pain too, that someone decided to keep that bag instead of returning it.

So I spoke to my future audience, and I spoke to my current self, late that night.


My husband and I went on to make crazy awesome memories on our 1 year/honeymoon vacation.


Having just gotten back, I’ve ordered new equipment (super excited for!) and plan to share it with you on Saturday’s vlog.


Nothing has changed, truly changed, except my perspective. I became even MORE grateful for our ability to travel and in the fact that me OWNING those lenses period was a blessing. Plus, I had been using those lenses to do work that I loved. How lucky to be doing work you love.

I hope that, in a similar situation, when you lose your bag, you can find the silver lining in your experience and figure out a way to turn it around.


To knowing what’s in focus,








Prime-Zoom-Telephoto-Wide Angle-Macro OH MY!

While messing around with my camera, and checking out another photographer/videographer’s equipment (CAMERA AND LENSES PEOPLE), I realized that I finally know what all the funny little photography jargon means, yay!

That has given me some inspiration to distill it down, and pass on some of the knowledge. Today, I’d like to explore the words I threw up in the title. Prime. Zoom. Telephoto. Wide Angle. Macro. What all these words have in common is that they are types of SLR/DSLR lenses.

(For the record, DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex. The SLR is the film version.)

Forgive my crude attempt at a graphic
Forgive my crude attempt at a graphic

In my A+ worthy art above, I’m showing a somewhat visual idea of the categories of lenses.

A Wide Angle is somewhat how it sounds. You get a… Wide Angle. Usually from 18mm to 35 and anywhere in between, you get full shots. This would usually be some sort of landscape or establishing shot. If you wanted to get all of a building in your one photo/frame, this would be your best option.

A Telephoto lens, some argue is 70mm and above, others, 135mm and above. This zooms you in on the action. With the wide angle, you’ll see the entire school building from your vantage. With the Telephoto, you’ll see the student on the lawn reading her Psychology text.

In between these two types fall the standard lens. The goldilocks of the two, it’s of neither extreme.


Now that you know the two big types of lens (we’re bypassing Standard and we’ll get to Macro in a bit), there are two different ways we can have both of these lenses.

A Prime lens has one size. 55mm. 70mm. 400mm. This means if you want to get more of something, or less of something in your shot, you have to physically move. The benefit to this is that you must contemplate your composition more carefully and you can get better aperture with a smaller budget (more on this in a later post), the downside… you actually have to move.   A prime lens can be a wide angle, a prime lens can be telephoto.

A Zoom lens allows you to, well, zoom in on your image with the camera lens. You can start wide, and zoom with the camera to focus on an aspect in the scene. This type can be a bracket of Wide Angle, Telephoto or a mix of the two.  My first camera kit came with an 18-55mm camera. This WOULD NOT be considered both Wide Angle and Telephoto, although I now have a lens that spans from 18-135mm, and this WOULD be both.

I put the “Macro” lens outside of the quadrants because while it’s usually a prime lens, there is debate about it’s actual definition, and you can get a Macro lens in any combination of Prime, Wide Angle, Standard, Zoom (not usually but I’ve seen it advertised) and Telephoto. The Macro lens is best understood as having a 1:1 ratio, where the image on the sensor equals in size the object being photographed. Basically, you can get really close to stuff and have it in focus. Like a magnifying glass. But cooler. Again, there are all sorts of definitions and it’s not super clear (with every company throwing “Macro” on its lens like food companies are throwing “gluten-free” on their products).

I hope this cleared up a bit for you, comment if you have any questions, or if I can make anything more clear. 🙂 Have a great day everyone!