so, i rented a lens for our trip to istanbul. a fancy lens, one with a red line around it. i thought it would be the only lens i would need. i put it on my trusty canon 40d and off we went. i did use it some before we left but not enough. we arrived in istanbul in the evening, just enough time for dinner and to fall in to bed. i didn’t use it much that night. For our first full day we had planned to go to the chora church then to galata tower. the lens seemed fine at the church, then at galata it started freaking out; not focusing at all. i could only get it to focus at certain focal lengths. it was terrible. Luckily, i had brought my little canon elph and took most of my istanbul photos with it.
on to the galata tower. The views are amazing in all directions. if you are afraid of heights or being on a fairly narrow ledge you should probably be prepared to be uncomfortable. it’s totally worth it, though. i wish we had gone back at either sun-up or sun-down because i’m sure that would have been glorious.