Equipment Crave List
Hoya NDx400 HMC 77mm 9 Stops ND Filter - $209.99
Problem with getting a nice ND filter is that I will also have to invest in a decent tripod. Of course, a Gitzo tripod will be nice but those cost at least $600. Sigh!
The new Fastpack 150 looks amazing and with a side pocket that’s stretchable and holds a water bottle. But it’s 2x more expensive than the older model!
Lowepro Fastpack 150 AW - $103.99
Lowepro Fastpack 100 - $59.99
How much do I need it? Not at all. I crave it because it’s a bag that meets all my needs —- but has a ‘small footprint’.
Nikon AF-S DX 40mm Micro - $299.99
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - $499.99
I have been eyeing the 85mm f/1.8D for a year now but just couldn’t pull the trigger:
1) It’s an older model and does not work with non-motorized Nikon cameras. Although it doesn’t affect my D90 but I would like to occasionally lend my friends who has D3000 and D5000 to use.
2) It costs $400 for a new one while the brokeh is not as good as the 1.4d. There’s also reports of flaring.
3) Filter size is 62mm. I prefer filter size to be either 67mm or 77mm (best).
Roughly a year and a half ago (May 25, 2010), I invested in my first DSLR system.
Nikon D90 with 18-105mm lense - $1014
Nikon EN-EL3e battery - $72
Lowepro Classified 160 AW shoulder bag - $129.99
Photography is an expensive hobby. It’s not as simple as just buying a camera and 1 lense. There are essential accessories that enhance your experience and they do not come cheap.
When I visited Hong Kong & Japan that summer, I acquired:
Trascend 16Gb Class 10 SD Card - $49.01
Nikon 77mm Circular Polarizer II - $156.55
Nikon SB-600 Flash - $258.64
Velbon Pole Pod - $167.01
Slik SBH-150DQ BK ballhead - $77.21
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 - $588.08
The problem with consumer lense is the maximum aperture — not enough light is getting through indoor and its inability to isolate a subject. To solve this, I acquired a prime lense from Ebay (Oct 28, 2010).
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G - $198
Messenger bag is great for the occasional walking around with a light load. But I discovered that after more than 2 days, the strap will start digging into your collarbone. Recently from Henry’s, I bought a backpack just for the Montreal-Boston roadtrip.
Lowepro Photo Sport 200AW - $159.99
That’s a total of approximately $2871 CAD.
So how much have you spent just to capture better quality pictures on trips?