I will never be able to afford most of these items, but I can always dream. Here they are in no particular order……


My old Shen-hao

10.  Shen-Hao 4×5 Field Camera

One of my biggest regrets is selling my beautiful Shen-Hao 4×5 field camera. Beautifully crafted from teak wood and utilizing a full set of movements, this is one of the best values in a 4×5 field camera out there. The camera folds up to the size of a thick book. I used to shoot a ton of 4×5 and once I switched to digital, I sold off all my gear. One of these days, I’ll convert my basement into a darkroom and get another one of these babies. Street $600

9. X-Rite Eye-One Xtreme w/ iO Automated Scanning TableIO table

This is a completely automated print profiling solution. The robotic arm moves the accurate spectrophotometer over the print swatch to create custom RGB and CMYK profiles. Just what the doctor ordered for specialty papers.  Street:  $1,495.00 (iXtreme) + $1895 Table


Spot strobe

8. Prism Science Works SPOT strobe

My dream setup for my high-speed and ballistics photography. This baby weighs 10lbs and will fire at a duration of 1/2,000,00 sec. (yep, that’s one-two millionth of a second)! According to the specs,  “A typical camera setting is f/5.6 to f/8 at 200 ASA for objects illuminated from 3 feet..” Impressive!
Price: unknown (guessing in the thousands)

Suba NlD3. Photo credit: backscatter.com

7. Underwater Housing for Nikon D3: Subal ND3 

One of the best, most modular underwater housing available for the Nikon D3. This housing supports a variety of flash and lens options and gives you complete control underwater.  Apparently Thomas P. Peschak uses one for his stunning underwater photographyStreet:  $6100



Nikon 200mm f/2 VR AF-S

6.  Nikon 200mm f/2 AF-S VR lens

My absolute dream lens. I’ve seen the images and shot a few frames through one. This massive sized 200mm has beautiful bokeh properties and is one of National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally’s favorite lenses.  Street: $4999.95



hahnemuhle photo rag pearl paper

5. 17”x22” photo paper! (Preferably Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl)

I recently got a great deal on an Epson 3800 and I’ve yet to do a print bigger than 13×19. Photo Rag pearl is a beautiful surface and considering this is probably the only thing on the list I can afford without taking out a mortgage, I will probably pick some up soon!  Street: $129 for a 20 pack (ouch!) 



lucis 6 screenshot

4. Lucis 6 pro

Very cool and super expensive software that creates a unique local contrast enhancement look. The output is similar to the works of Dave hill (although one can use the software without going to that extreme). The software is commonly used in medical, scientific and forensics fields for enhancing minute details in photos. Lucis website.  
Street: $595

 BH40 ballhead


3. Really Right Stuff BH-40 or BH-55 ballhead

Arguably the best ballheads out there! They are very well built, hold more than enough weight for most applications and support the arca-swiss style plates. The heads also come in multiple configurations. Combine one of these heads with a RRS or Kirk L-bracket and you’ve got the ultimate head solution.
Street: $375-$450



16mm fisheye

2. Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye AF lens

I used my old Nikon 10.5mm fisheye all the time when I shot a D300 and now that I’m shooting full-frame, I need a new fisheye. Back in the film days, I owned a cheap MC Zenitar 16mm 2.8 lens made in Ukraine and it worked well. That is a much cheaper option ($150 on eBay), but the Zenitar doesn’t come close to the quality of the Nikon. Plus the Nikon has autofocus.
Street: $929.00




24-70mm 2.8

1. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S ED lens

This is my most practical “next lens” choice. It will replace my trusty 35-70mm 2.8 AF and is one of the sharpest zoom lenses that Nikon makes plus it is a ton smaller and lighter than the older 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S lens.
Street: $1779.00

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One Comments

  1. Antoine Magnier
    on January 11th, 2010

    One item in the list is mine ! ^^ uh uh