Toys, Toys, Toys…

Nikon D3…$5000

So, I’ve been thinking about this whole taking photos for money thing… and I’m getting pretty excited about it. I know that I’m not the best photographer out there, but I know that I understand how to make a good photo. Mostly what I worry about is having the right equipment to create the picture I see in my head, or having equipment that is reliable enough to get “the picture” when I need to. Last night I was playing around with some of the remote triggers I had purchased a little while ago and I know they weren’t the greatest things out there, but they were within my budget. Problem is that they aren’t even close to what I could call reliable. I think I’m going to have to look into making a few modifications to the transmitter and hopefully improve upon their performance. Needless to say… It sucks when your flash doesn’t fire when you want it to. That’s a missed opportunity. I could live with 80% success, but sometimes it seemed like it was below 50%… That SUCKS! BUT… the “good” triggers cost more for one than all four of my current ones (and not just a little more) I guess if you are taking pictures for money than at some point in time it will become “worth it.” I feel like I’m approaching that point right now, and I haven’t taken a single photo for pay yet.

Nikon D300…$1800

Anyway, this got me thinking about what equipment I would like to have if this became a regular thing, and how much it would cost me. Well… it’s kind of humbling. This stuff is expensive. You would have to take a lot of photos to make this worth it. I would love to be at that point some day. I guess you have to start somewhere right. Anyway, take a look at the pics. These items make up what I would consider a fairly typical “professional kit” with the addition of the D3 (slightly unnecessary). Regardless, the above items total $9950. Crazy huh… So, Zach and Johnny, if you are reading this? I’m serious… if you get dad to buy me a Nikon D300… I will give you my current camera. Tell dad that like buying me something for $1000 and you something for $800, only I get the new stuff. Two Birds… One stone. Waddaya say????

Nikon 80-200mm f2.8… $800

Nikon 12-24mm f4… $1000

Nikon 10.5mm… $600

Pocket Wizard Plus II (set of 4)… $750

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