If you had the $ ...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by AxisOfBeagles, May 22, 2008.

  1. AxisOfBeagles macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2008
    East of Shangrila
    what new photography gear would you buy?

    New camera? which one?
    Lens? Which one?
    What other toys?
  2. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    It depends, right?

    Unless you mean an unlimited amount.. Then I would indulge my dream of trying out large-format photography.
  3. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    I would just buy a few L lenses, and also a 5D to use along my 40D. That's all.
  4. iBallz macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2007
    So. Utah
    I got a nice LF setup for $500, then a few more things and I was off and running.

    As far as digital, I'd wait till Photokina 08 or the release of the new Canon Mark II or Nikons D3x.:)
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I'd get a 1Ds Mark III with the Canon 500mm ƒ/4L, Canon 400mm ƒ/2.8L, Carbon Fiber tripod with Wimberley head, and both Canon teleconverters.
  6. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    i would build a full wet darkroom along with all the goodies. and a few MF cameras + lenses.
  7. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I'd buy a Hasselblad medium format digital camera and a 24mm lens, plus a tripod; and then I'd buy one each of every lens Nikon makes - since I probably don't want to lug that Hassie around all the bloody time... :D
  8. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    400mm VR, 500mm VR lenses from Nikon..... maybe a second "backup" D3, too.
  9. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Large format is not expensive. You can get into it cheaper than buying a digital SLR setup. An entire setup is less then just a Nikon D80 body.

    What would I get? One of these: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/536188-REG/Sea_Sea_SS_06136_MDX_D3_Housing_f_Nikon.html
    and then a D3 and a 105mm Macro lens to go inside and then a couple of the ys120 strobe packages on the above URL.

    The nice thing about this housing is that it exactly fits the camera with no air space inside so it does not need ballast to make it sink. My video housing is a tube filled with air with a tiny camera inside so it required a bunch of lead and weighs in at 15 pounds, not easy to swim through surf at the beach lugging that thing. But with an unlimited budget I could hire a helicopter or a bunch of sherpas
  10. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Long glass!

    Canon 200mm f/2 IS
    Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS
    Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS
    Canon 800mm f/5.6 IS

    Sigmonster 300-800mm f/5.6

    and some extra compact flash cards! :p
  11. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    You forgot the Canon 5200mm!

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  12. brendanryder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2006
  13. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I'd get a Canon 1DS III with a Carl Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon. Best wide angle ever made.
  14. eddx macrumors regular


    May 12, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    I am going to be a little more realistic...

    D300 with battery grip (D3 battery to give 9 frames per second)

    Battery Grip for my D80

    Two SB-800 Flash Guns

    Nikon 18-200mm VR lens

    Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens

    Nikon 80-400mm VR lens

    Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro VR lens

    That's not too much to ask really is it?
  15. thr33face macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    This is the gear i would get myself if "i had the $ ...":

    -sigma 10-20
    -nikon 85/1.4
    -wacom intuos A5 wide

    this would complete my setup, currently consisting of:

    in reality i'm going to get the 10-20, 85/1.8 and a wacom bamboo, over the course of the next 9 months.

    have a nice day
  16. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    If I had the money ... D3, FX lenses ranging from ultra wide prime (I love the perspective) to fast zooms (f/2.8) covering shorter zoom ranges. I'd also like a good fast macro lens, not sure on the focal range. Or a zooming macro, why not. SB-800 flash guns would be nice, a high-end lighting setup. I'd have to include software, not just Photoshop but also DXO Optics, Genuine Fractals, etc.

    My first DSLR once I save the money will probably realistically be the D300 though.
  17. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    If I had the money I would take a few weeks off of work and concentrate on learning to better use what I have (Nikon D70). Though a nice macro and a strobe would probably be my next purchase.
  18. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 300mm f/2.8
    Nikon D3.
  19. jpfisher macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2006
    New Jersey
    I'm pretty close to pulling the trigger on an M8 + Summilux 35mm f/1.4 + Voigtlander 21mm f/4 kit. A lot of situations where I'm not willing to lug the DSLR kit or medium format kit around, looks like the rangefinder is my answer to that one....

    ... if I had an unlimited cash flow I'd tack on a Hasselblad SWC to the order, and a few lenses for my DSLR.
  20. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I always thought you that glass Clix.

    For me, I'd grab about four D3 bodies, two D300 bodies the 14-24, 24-70, Lexar 4GB cards (x12) 8 SB-800s a studio and GOBBS of lighting gear from Elinchrome.

    On the media side it'd be a Red Epic when it comes out with all viable accessories and lenses and tripods. An Xserve with 20TB of Xserve RAID storage 6 Mac Pros 12 23" ACDs and just a bunch of stuff to get my studio started...

    Oh yeah! And to hire the guys I went to college with as graphic designers and videographers.
  21. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location

    Yeah, I'd go realistic as well:

    - Two Nikon SB-800 flashes, some reflectors, etc.

    - Nikon 14-24 mm, 24-70 mm.

    - Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8.

    - Nikon 85 mm f/1.4

    - New MacBook Pro + 30" ACD.

    That's "it". It's still a LOT of stuff to ask for, but I'm not asking for 400 mm, 500 mm, 600 mm primes or anything. The Nikon 24-70 mm would replace my Sigma (which is great), and the Nikon 14-24 mm would replace my Tokina 12-24 mm.

    However, I don't really "need" them to be replaced, so all I actually want is the 70-200 mm f/2.8, 85 mm f/1.4, and a pair of flashes. That's actually not too unrealistic, so maybe one day....
  22. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    It only allows 8 frames per second and it's called the EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a which debuted with the D2h about three or four years ago.

    Just clarifying. ;)
  23. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I would love a 1DsIII, EF 16-35 f/2.8 II (would sell my 17-40 in the process), and a Mac Pro set-up.
  24. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    Ah, media side..

    Definitely a Panasonic Genesis, as well as a team of professional body-builders to carry it around for me :D.

    Then maybe I'd go for 6 Nikon D 3's - 3 striped for parity and another 3 for redundancy.. :rolleyes:
  25. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

    SLC Flyfishing

    Nov 19, 2007
    Portland, OR
    All the Pentax DA* and FA* lenses. A few K20D's (one for my use, one for my wife, and a few as backups). I'd get a complete set of 645 equipment, and some nice film scanning gear. Lastly I'd get a fully blown Mac Pro.

    Oh and some nice tripods and hardshell water/fireproof cases for it all.


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