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Lenses Aren't Made to Fall Down Stairs

About two years ago, I made a spur of the moment decision to buy the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.  It was was cheap, I knew it had great reviews, and I needed a 50mm lens at the time.

I fell in love with it that weekend and  it became a quick go-to lens for many scenarios.

Close up detail shots, portraits, low light situations, etc. – What I thought was going to be a lens I used every now and then, I ended up using all the time.

Well, due to user error involving a staircase, the lens is officially in two pieces (as pictured above).  The focus ring is completely dismantled, the gears are off, and it’s nearly impossible to use.  Note: Nearly.

This morning, the Washington D.C. area got hit with (hopefully) the last snow storm of the year and I wanted to see if I could make anything out of this broken lens.  So I basically taped the glass together (which didn’t hold up) and set out with my dog.

Although it took quite sometime to get the focus, I’m pretty pleased with the last picture I’ll ever take with one of my favorite lenses.  

Peter von Kahle WatchPVK.comIf anyone is looking for a cheap lens ($125 on B&H) that produces some fantastic results, I would highly recommend this one.  Although it’s not nearly as sharp as the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L Series Lens, I know that I got well past my money’s worth out of this lens (it’s one-sixteenth the price) – and would still be if I were a little bit more careful around staircases.

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Young Life Fairfax


For those of you who are involved in Young Life, know that each year there is a banquet or dinner to inform donors what has been going on in their area.  This year, I got asked to make the video for the Young Life Fairfax – the area that I grew up in.

Young Life is a ministry that has had a great influence on who I am today and so I was thrilled at the opportunity to do such a project.  In brainstorming for it, we really hoped to highlight volunteer leaders and why they lead.  We wanted to show that volunteer leaders have their own stories, their own jobs, their own lives, but they take the time to show these kids something greater, something more.

I asked my sister, Katie Covert, who has a much better way with words than I, to write a little voice over for the video.  She wrote:

But we lead because we were once lost, but now we’re found.  We lead because we once felt alone, but are now overwhelmed by His love.  We lead because the lies have been drowned out by His truth.  We lead because we once felt worthless, but He called us treasured.  We lead because we once felt unloved and unlovable, but have found that His love knows no bounds.  We lead because one day, someone stepped in and told us that our lives did not have to hold a theme of despair, but could be a beautiful story of hope – that our story could be irresistibly changed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and once it was, we thought to ourselves, ‘If Jesus could save me and change me, surely He could do the same for them’.  We lead because there are 75,000 kids who need to hear that they were made for more – they were made for this.


March 1st is usually one of my favorite days of the year – the long cold winter months are finally coming to an end and Spring is a mere few weeks away.  March 1st feels different than February 28th for some reason; the days are longer, the weather is a bit warmer, there is a sense of hope.  Not this year.

Today we woke up to about five inches in the Washington D.C. area and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.  Lucky for me though (a silver lining I suppose), I have a dog who loves the snow and am trying out the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L  from Borrow Lenses.

Catching Snowflakes Running the Snow


This lens is fantastic.


I don’t remember the last time I shot a wedding where the photographer didn’t use the 50mm f/1.2 L.  It’s popular (and expensive) and I’m starting to see why.

It’s easily the sharpest Canon lens that I’ve ever used.  It’s also super fast.  Above all, it produces an excellent picture and I have fallen in love.

My two favorite photography/videography rental companies, Lens Pro To Go and Borrow Lenses both offer it to rent so if you haven’t tried it already, why not rent it and fall in love with it for yourself?  If you do rent it out, let me know what you think.

For the past two months, I’ve been working with the folks at MedStar in the Washington D.C. area to produce a video for them explaining their new program. The MedStar National Rehabilitation Sports Residency program is the first in the area and will allow residents to work alongside some of the best sports medicine doctors in the area.

Whether you’re interested in the program or not, I think that this video is one of my better ones.

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Sports Residency Program from Peter Philip Von Kahle on Vimeo.

This past week I had the privilege to go to NYC and be part of the Super Bowl festivities.  While I had various tasks and got to be part of one of the biggest media frenzies ever, none of it came close to what I got to witness on Wednesday night – the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team playing 9/11 First Responders and FDNY.