My lens finally died from injuries sustained by my unfortunate collision with the cactus patch this past summer. My husband tried gallantly to revive it but the damage was too great. To ease my grief, my husband bought me a new lens. This one is a 55-200 mm zoom, kind of an in between lens, but very nice. These mule deer graciously posed as my first subjects.
What I like best about the new lens is that I made fewer lens changes to get the variety of shots that presented themselves to me. Hopefully this will result in less stress and wear on my lenses and camera. I have come to the conclusion that the best way to prevent wear on my camera because of the constant lens changing would be to buy a camera for each lens. That way I'll never have to change the lens and risk getting the camera and lens dirty! Sounds perfectly logical to me!