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Old 07-02-2007, 01:32 AM   #1
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Hypothetical Dream Gear

"Dream, dream, dream . . . All I want to do is dream . . ."

Let's say your Uncle Scrooge died or you hit the Lottery, and now had money to burn. What digital camera and gear (lenses, software, etc.) would you buy? What is the best and why?

To keep it somewhat real, lets limit the total cost to $5000 U.S.

(O.K do a wish list for 'unlimited' money too.)



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Old 07-02-2007, 02:52 AM   #2
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I hate to say it shooting the f mount, but the 1D Mark III.

The high ISO samples I've been seeing online are simply incredible. ISO 6400 that look better than my ISO 800 shots. Its an incredible imaging system without even getting to the buffer or fps. I can't wait to see more of the jpegs OOC and the extended D range shots to see how good this body might be as far as an all around camera that so many folks seem to be looking for.

I'll pick up cans on the side of the road to make up for swapping f mounts for L glass if I need to since the body alone eats up the allowance for this post.
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:49 AM   #3
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A cheap disposable waterproof one and a new boat.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:06 AM   #4
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Well, your $5000 limit just put a stop to my dreaming I want either a 500 or 600mm prime and they both cost well over your limit. So with those stipulations, I guess I have to just stick with what I already have.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:30 AM   #5
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I guess it would depend on what I wanted to use it for..
In the 5k range it would be a Nikon D200 and a handful of old lenses from ebay..
I've got the D200 body ($1300 new Ebay)
Used 80-400, VR ($1050 used ebay)
Dedicated nikon flash ($25 used HCE)
Nikon 18-200 VR ($700 used photo forum member)
Nikon 600mm f4 ($1350 used ebay)
Nikon 200mm f4 micro and extension tube ($200 used ebay)
Kiron 7 element 2x converter ($25 used ebay)
dine 105mm micro ($135 used ebay)
Monopod ($65 used ebay)
big Killer bogen tripod ($125 used ebay)
cool little bogen tripod ($25 flea market)
Igloo 12pak cooler and some foam cut to fit for storage ($12 academy)

That igloo put me $12 over the $5k limit but I can use it to hold bait if I have to..


Unlimited it would be a Canon and a few canon prime lenses. I could spend $50k easily on the Canon equipment, about $1k in software and $3k in computer.. Actually it would be close to that just to replace the nikon stuff I have now since the Canon can't use the old (better glass) lenses..

Rippin, I like your thought process but it would splurge on the camera and get another A530 for $125..
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:37 AM   #6
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Same as James, a big prime super tele, need to increase the 5k limit.
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:54 AM   #7
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Different Approach

Even with my outdated, low MP stuff stuff, I'd keep my gear and use the $5k to travel to locations a little more scenic than the coastal plain. Yosemite, Tetons, Alaska back to Maui etc.
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Old 07-02-2007, 11:23 AM   #8
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Yea, I'd just like to combine the BEST features of each of my two ultrazooms... Sony H5 and my Canon S3is...I guess even money can't buy that, yet... I must not be thinking big enough for this group...I guess..

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Old 07-02-2007, 02:49 PM   #9
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Being familiar with Canon cameras for 30 years, I would stick with Canon.
30D w/battery grip ($1400)
10-22 ultra wide angle (about $800)
17-55 f/2.8 IS - ($1000)
70-200 f/2.8 IS & 1.4x TC ($2000)

That would bust the $5K budget. Depending on your photo preference, you could substitute the ultra wide angle for some macro gear or put a down payment on a long lens. I saw a 400 f/2.8 for sale used for $4900!

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Even with my outdated, low MP stuff stuff, I'd keep my gear and use the $5k to travel to locations a little more scenic than the coastal plain. Yosemite, Tetons, Alaska back to Maui etc.
That's pretty good thinking.
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