If there’s one thing that I wish I had an unlimited amount of disposable income for, it’s cameras.
I haven’t had a chance to knock up an Off Topic recently, with the constant hustle of Gamescom and then catching up with the beginning of the silly season proper. And with Christmas coming up, and people having calmed down from the pre-tax refund sales – what can I buy that the ATO won’t mind me claiming, etc. – it seemed like a good time to ask people about their most expensive tech buys.
For sake of keeping things interesting, Tesla’s do count for this. Sure, you could buy a regular car. But if you’re buying a Tesla, half the appeal is the fancy tech (along with the all-electric nature).
Anyway, personal tech purchases. For me, it was my first investment in a ‘proper’ camera.
I’d had some point-and-shoot cameras before, ones that only cost a couple of hundred bucks. But after spending a lot of the year saving, because I was still living at home at the time and able to put away a good amount of money, I wanted to get something that I’d be able to do product and event photography with.
So I shelled out on a good camera: and at the time, I was able to pick up a Canon 7D with a 50mm f/1.8 prime and the nice 24-70 f/2.4 Canon L lens for around $4000.
That’s still kicking around, and while I got a lighter lens, I eventually swapped the 7D out for a mirrorless Sony A7. It’s a hell of a lot lighter, and although the kit lens wasn’t as nice as the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (what a great value buy that was), having modern features like Wi-Fi make the world of difference.
Seriously: being able to transfer shots to your phone and then quickly edit in Lightroom on a nice screen helps a lot.
So that’s the most I’ve shelled out in one hit. Not a TV, not a car, but a camera. And I wish I had money to do more. Have you seen the Sony A9, or the new Nikon mirrorless range?
Anyway, I’ll stop fantasising over here. What about yourselves – what’s your biggest splash on tech?