I originally posted this on my other site, iteachphotographers.com but thought a good old cross post wouldn’t hurt at all ūüôā

Imagination is key for creatives, and I like to think I have my share. So I thought I would shed some of it¬†working¬†up my dream photography kit. In this particular fantasy, money is no object. The goal is simply to put together a digital slr photography kit based on my own needs and interest that would have me drooling with joy. This of course would be my dream kit, not yours. I’m not going to go into medium format or anywhere else, just 35mm digital slr. ¬†And I’m not simply just buying the most expensive gear out there (though it’s certainly not the cheapest); this would be the gear I would like to buy personally.


Let’s start with cameras. I’m not going to be too greedy. I am going to choose 3. A main body, a backup and a compact scouting camera.

Canon_EOS_1DXCanon EOS 1D-X

The flagship DSLR in the Canon EOS range. Why the hell not. All the reports and reviews I’ve read say this in simply an amazingly good camera. 18.1 Megapixels, ISO to 51,200, 61 point AF, full HD video, 12 frames a second… enough said. If you use Canon, I’m sure this would be on¬†everyone’s¬†list.

Canon_EOS_5D-Mark-IIICanon EOS 5D MKIII

I am a ¬†proud owner of the original 5D. I skipped over the 5D MkII, which while being a really great and popular camera, it¬†had¬†some¬†issues. From all reprts it seems they have really nailed it with the Mk III. The focus system addresses lots of old issues, and again, from the reviews, there’s not a lot wrong with this camera.

fuji_x100sFuji x100s

Zack Arias raves about this camera. And I mean raves. He says: “Fuji is the new Leica and the x100s is the greatest camera I‚Äôve¬†ever¬†owned”. That is a BIG statement. In any case, I love the idea of your walk-around being good enough that if you get a great shot, there’s no compromise on quality.


OK. That was fun, Now some glass. L series, of course. Some zooms, some primes and some specialty lenses. And perhaps something a bit more exotic…

canon_8-15mm_f4lCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

Ultra-wide, F/4. Sounds like fun to me. I probably wouldn’t use this much, but there would be certain things it’d be awesome at. And I tend to gravitate to longer focal lengths, so this would be a challenge.

Canon_EF_16_35mmCanon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

This would be my standard landscape lens, plus my go-to lens anytime I needed wide angle and flexibility. I already own the original (just cost me $350 to repair!). Has a great range for landscape and basically a very versatile, good quality wide angle zoom.

24-70mmf28IICanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

This is a very nice lens. I have it on my camera unless I want something else. It’s versatile and the quality is good. Covers a lot of options, from wide to semi telephoto. Not my favourite portrait lens, but it works well with editorial work and any time flexibility in the middle ranges is required. I use it a lot in the studio.

Canon-EF-24mm-f3.5L-II-tilt-shiftCanon TS-E 24 mm f/3.5L II

The first prime lens. Canon have 4 tilt-shift lenses, and it’s hard to choose. There’s a wider one – 17mm and a 45mm and a 90mm. I figure I’d use this more for architecture than anything else, so 24 was my pick. I’d probably like the 90 for some quirky¬†portraiture¬† but I won’t get¬†greedy. The¬†kit¬†bag’s¬†going¬†to be heavy enough as it is.

ef85_1.2liiu-c_2Canon  EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

A beautiful bit of glass. Prime lens, f/1.2, amazing quality. This would be a joy for portraiture and anytime you wanted the discipline of a prime, the flexibility of a 50mm and the possibilities of  f/1.2. This lens would get a serious workout.

ef85_1.2liiu-c_2Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II

For much the same reasons as the last. Quality, beautiful glass, f/1.2 – this would be my favourite portrait lens. It’s already widely used by wedding and portrait photographers and the II version is looked upon very positively. I’d probably keep this on one camera so it was readily available.

ef100_2.8l_is_macro_clCanon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Another prime, this time a Macro. Again, Canon has a variety of macros, and I’ve only chosen this one because I’ve used it and I like it. Some of the others might be a better choice, but it would depend on your subject matter, and being not so experienced with macro photography, I figure this would be a great place to start.

Canon_EF_L_70-200iiCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

If this is better than its younger brother as they say, this must be an awesome lens. It’s lighter than the original, so that’s a good thing. I love this lens. A real workhorse, great quality as usual, and both f/2.8 and IS. That’s very useful for a telephoto.

Canon-EF-300mm-f2.8L-IS-II-USM-prime-telephoto-lensCanon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Finally, you need a big gun. This would be big enough for me. A good one for nature, surfing, cricket etc. Gotta have lots of money to entertain the thought, but this is a fantasy, right…


One of the most important accessories for a photographer is the humble tripod. Not so humble these days with aircraft grade¬†aluminium¬†and carbon¬†fiber, but nice¬†nonetheless. ¬†Then of course there are bags and straps and lighting and filters and on an on it could go…

BH55LRBH55LR Ball head

Really Right Stuff

These guys make some amazing gear, and I’ve had the pleasure of inspecting one of these close up. To date, it’s the best ball head I’ve ever encountered. In combination with the next two pieces, it would make one hell of a tripod, certainly all the tripod I think I’d ever need. This ball head is called the BH55LR¬†and it’s made from aircraft grade aluminium. A seriously beautiful bit of kit.

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