Like any avid photographer, I have a photographic wish list that seems to continuously grow…
- Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED as part 1 of the Holy Trinity.
- Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED as part 2 of the Holy Trinity.
- Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII as the final part of the Holy Trinity.
- Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D for portraits
- Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G as my nifty-fifty in low light.
- Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is a razor sharp wide lens.
- Sigma OS 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG HSM telephoto for birding. The price is right and the closest to it in the Nikon lineup is $6000 more expensive and 100mm shorter. Mind you, if I have the 70-200mm above coupled with a teleconverter, then I would probably skip this lens even though it’s a little longer than that combination.
- Alien Bee’s Ring Flash with the Moonunit options (there are 2) for portrait work, the light from it is gorgeous.
- Alien Bee’s Lite Mod system again for portrait work. They have quite a collection of options, so of course, I want them all!
- Backdrops! I’ve tried to go cheaper here, hunting through fabric stores, but the reality of the matter is that to get an 8′ seamless backdrop, you pretty much have to go to a photography store. So, eventually, I’m going to acquire some basic ones and probably a few of the fancier ones. I’m also probably going to get some basic seamless paper.
- Light tent for product photography. Something simple, but able to provide that continuous background look and diffuse the light from the sides, back, and top.
- Manfrotto 420CSU boom and stand. Actually, a couple of these would be nice as it allows for more creative light positioning.
- A couple Paul Buff’s Einstein studio strobes. You can do insane action freezing with these lights and they’re compatible with my existing modifiers that I use with my Alien Bees.
- Pocketwizard FlexTT5-Nikon transceivers x 5 (one for the camera, 4 for the flashes). This is pricey, but it’s also the best.
- Pocketwizard AlienBees Adapter x 4 (one for each flash). Allows full control of the ABs when using the Pocketwizard transmitters.
- Sekonic radio transmitter that allows the Pocketwizards to be fired from my light meter.
- Tether Tools Aero Traveler stand tray for use as a handy table or a place to put my tablet when tethered to the camera.
These are the items that were previously on the list that I now have.
- Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G IF-ED has actually caught my attention. I’m not a serious birder and I’ve seen good reviews and very good images from this lens on a D800 body. While a little shorter than I might have considered, the price (at $450) is pretty darn hard to argue with given that I don’t sell my photos and mostly publish online (I do have several 24×36″ prints though, so it does happen) and really can’t argue with the weight. So, on the list…
- Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G as a portrait lens.
- Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 Micro for macro fun.
- Pentax DA 18-135mm WR as a travel lens. I was recently in Italy and my 28-105 was practically glued to my camera, but it’s not weather sealed and so a few times I had to duck for cover and wait out some rain. Having slightly better range and weather resistance would be great for sight-seeing photography.
- Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF for studio/wedding photography (was the Sigma variant, but I got this one instead).
- Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APOMacro HSM II for studio/wedding photography.
- Alien Bee’s Softboxes (with grids) in various for portrait photography. Umbrellas are great, and I use mine, but the light from a softbox is subtly different.
- Alien Bee’s Digi Kit with Black B800s for the studio. Brings my set up to 4 which I think I now want for studio, speedlights don’t cut it.
- Alien Bee’s Vagabond Mini for location lighting. To that end, a spare battery and carrying case would be handy too…
- Rising Pinhole Cap for Pentax because it looks like it would be a lot of fun to use!
Wishes that No Longer Apply
These are the items that previously on the list that I no longer need as a result of my switch from Pentax.
- Pentax SMCP – FA 50mm f/1.4 as a replacement for my current all manual nifty-fifty (which I really quite like) since I’m terrible with manual focus off the tripod. The alternative would be the Sigma variant but I don’t know that the HSM versus screw drive for the autofocus is really worth the added cost for the Sigma.
- Pentax FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR for outdoor macro in poor weather as well as for indoor macro involving water drops. It’s also a good longer option for portrait work. Mind you, I’m still keeping my Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 macro because it’s a classic beauty and I like it.
- Pentax SMCP – FA 77mm f/1.8 as a walkabout lens and longer portrait option. It’s a beauty of a lens.
- Sigma 10-20mm F/3.5 for landscape shots. This is a constant aperture zoom, something I’ve come to determine is definitely worth the added weight (and price) to get.
- Sigma 500mm f/4.5 for wildlife and bird photography. I sense, given the price, I may be waiting a while before I get this one…