oi....I was out reshooting as many test shots as I could with DeadEyes 400mm lens today. I have to do this because I lost the previous to a bad roll of film...I should known better than to test shoot a lens on film I was uncertain about (film I pulled out of a disposable camera and screwed up), but any who.... On my way out to location I dig out a cigerette and find myself lighterless...So I stop and ask a guy sitting on a bench out side a convieniance store to borrow his. The woman sitting next to him asks me "Is that a zoom lens", "No, this is a four hundred millimeter telephoto lens" She then starts talking about this "great zoom lens" she had that she could "take a picture of "a bird it the trees a mile away" and how it got lost in...By this time I gave the lighter back said thankyou and quietly slinked away. Wile I was retaking the shots of the resturant on the mountain a kid comes up on his bike and stops, and asks "Watcha doin?" I reply "Taking pictures of the Red Garter", "take a picture of me" He says.....If I did not have two hands on my camera I would have facepalmed right there. I was no more than 200 feet and less than two minuets away from the last person I did not want to deal with.... I simply tell him "I can't, you are too close", as opposed to "Do you allways stroll up to complete strangers and ask them to take pictures of you." I put the lens cap on and start to walk away and he heads of in the other back in the direction he came from. I take a few more shots and head home. On the way home I stop to get some food, I stand in the checkout line quietly and paitently waiting for the cashier to finish cleaning the conveyer for a couple minuets, then pay for my purchase....as I am getting ready to walk out the door I hear the classic "What is that camera"...You could not ask me this wile I stood in line doing nothing.....:raisedbrow: well, I gave her an answer to the question to witch she resopnds "What would you need that for?" Needless to say, the rest of the trip home was spent cutting threw the soccer field, police parking lot and park play ground...well away from people. The first handful of times I had it out in public, Some one jokingly called it a Howitser, Another person said "Holy **** that is big...trying to shoot some birds with it?" and a hand full of gawkers with an expression on their face that just had "look at that, we have a photographer in this little town" written all over it, but nothing so dumb as tonight. Why all of a sudden three in one trip that lasted less than a half hour. Prolly did not help that I was out, taking advantage of not being able to sleep today but, that was seriously irritating.