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   My dryer repair isn't going as planned.  I was unable to disconnect the blower fan from the motor shaft and ended up breaking it in the removal process.  After investigation I think I understand why.  The blower is plastic and has a threaded aluminum shaft collar that connects it to the steel motor shaft.  I've heard that aluminum likes to stick to steel when left in tight contact with it for long periods of time.  This might be galling but I'm not sure.  Regardless, I have destroyed the blower fan and now have to wait for a replacement.  A large number of explicit adjectives may have been applied to the device during the failed process.
EOS R with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

EOS R with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

   I have had my Canon EOS Rebel T2i since May 14, 2010 where it had replaced my Canon EOS 20D with a dead shutter system.  In its nearly 12 years with me it has taken around 180,000 pictures spanning over 1 TiB of space.  Sadly, the focus system of this camera is dying and more and more pictures turn out blurry.  The camera has earned the right to retire.
   A lot of considering has been done on what should replace my primary workhorse of 12 years.  Like when I first bought my first Canon DSLR back in May of 2004, I allowed myself to think about my options for many months before making a decision.  I settled on a Canon EOS R.  There was some debate about weather to go with a mirrorless or conventional DSLR.  However, it looks like mirrorless is the future. 
   My other requirements for the camera included a full-frame sensor.  I shot mostly landscapes and use wide-angle lens for doing this.  All my previous cameras have used the smaller APS-C sensor size.  This effectively adds zoom to any lens placed on the camera.  I have been shooting with an 18-125mm lens almost exclusively for the past several years.  Because of the zoom this lens is effectively a 29-216mm lens.  This means my 28-300mm lens covers and exceeds the range (not to mention quality) of my previous lens.
   We have a gathering planned for this weekend where I expect I will have the chance to try out my new camera.
   When my 28-300mm lens arrived I wanted to test it out.  The day being sunny and unseasonably warm I decided to ride to downtown Middleton and get acquainted with my new lens.   The first thing I noticed was the weight.  This is not a lite lens.  The method of zoom also takes a lot of getting used to.  Unlike my previous cameras where one rolls the body of the lens to control zoom, this lens requires actually pushing and pulling the end of the lens.  There is a locking band on the lens one can use to secure the zoom.  It will require some time to get used to that.
   It is hard to judge picture quality when one is shooting with a camera that has known focus issues.  Still, I snapped a few dozen frames and save a couple
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

   This is Canon's EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens.  It is the first L-series lens I have owned.  Back in 2005 when I was often shooting with Tazz I was able to use his Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.  This was a truly pronominal lens and I'm very much looking forward to projects using this new lens.
   Sadly, the new camera that goes with this lens has not yet arrived and I'm not sure what is keeping it.  So for now I am testing it with my Canon T2i which has a dying auto focus system.