You may not realize it, but by now you could have financed your very own all inclusive one week stay in the Caribbean, BBQ'd for over 500 friends, and still had money to spare. Maybe you already have all of the equipment you need, but can't avoid the hype surrounding all of the latest photo-gear. Set your G.A.S. aside for a moment and take a minute to think about how you could spend your hard earned cash on this, or that.
Nikon D810 Professional DSLR camera (body only) - $2996.95
The Nikon D810 is my camera of choice for ninety percent of what I do. With this remarkable professional DSLR, you'll be able to capture the world, no doubt, but with nearly 3,000 less smackeroos in your billfold or bank account.
With nearly the same amount of US dollars it took to purchase that incredible Nikon D810, you could be the envy of, well, you could be the
proud owner of a Volkswagen Beetle. Watch out Herbie, here we come!
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens - $2396.95
The update to the popular 24-70mm f/2.8 of the past, this is a true workhorse of a lens. Coming in at nearly $2400, this price sets a standard amongst professional lenses.
One Week All-inclusive Stay in The Caribbean.
3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with AirHed 360 Ball Head - $400.00
We all need, somebody (or tripod), to lean on. Let's face it, we're not as solid as the latest tripods on the market. But that solidity doesn't come cheap. You're looking at about $400 for this tripod from 3 Legged Thing.
108 Pounds of USDA 100% Certified Organic Grass-fed Beef
Now that's a lot of steak. Currently the cost of USDA organic grass-fed beef is about $3.70 per pound. At that price, you could have a BBQ for over 500 of your friends (I've seen your Facebook profile. I know you have them), considering the recommended serving size of three ounces per serving.
Luckily, you can lean on your tri-pod in the event you can no longer afford to BBQ for your friends.
Hasselblad H5D-200c Multi-Shot Medium Format DSLR Camera Body - $44,995
This 50MP medium format monster of a camera is used primarily by commercial and fine-art photographers. With a price-tag of nearly 45 thousand dollars for the body alone, you wont see anyone attaching a selfie-stick to one of these beauties anytime soon.
40 Acre Farm
Raise all of the grass-fed beef your heart desires, or simply live the simple life. Either way, 40+ acres of farmland can be purchased in many parts of the United States for roughly $40-45,000. Think of all that you could do (or not do) with over 40 acres of land.
Profoto B1 500 Air Battery-Powered 2-Light Location Kit - $4148.00
Ah, the beautiful Profoto B1 kit. So many of us would love to shoulder this kit to and from our shoots, but the $4148.00 price-tag prevents many of us from doing so.
Every Item in The MC Hammer Collectable Memorabilia Website
With just over $4000, you could purchase every item on the Hollywood Memorabilia website autographed by MC Hammer and still have money to spare (something Hammer wasn't quite able to do). This way, you're too legit to quit.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens - $16,269
This beast of a lens from Nikon comes at a monster price. Just over sixteen thousand dollars will land you this 800mm behemoth.
Dalmore Sirius, 1951 – $16,000
Priced in the same ball park as the 800mm monster referred to above, if you can get your paws on a bottle of this Dalmore Sirius, 1951, it'll set you back over $16,000.
SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card (V30) - $34.95
Let's be honest. No one owns just one SD card, and at about 35 bucks each, the cost can add up over the years. I purchase new SD cards several times a year. Eight 64G SD cards at $34.95 a peice, twice a year adds up to $559.20. Ouch.
For the same cost as all of those SD cards, you could enjoy a celebrity dinner for two in Las Vegas.
Whether you've been there, done that, and own all of the things you've ever desired, or you're currently kicking doors open so that you can afford to do this and that in the same lifetime, I think it's safe to say that we all stand by the decisions we make every year to invest in the photography industry and our careers with our own hard earned dollars. Possibly next time you have some of that hard earned cash set aside, you'll think twice about how it's invested.