You may recall when a few months back I posted an article comparing the monetary cost of photography gear to, well, not so common things. The intent was to provide a bit of respite from the day to day thought process common amongst photographers. You know, the one that often has us busting our butts for equipment we most likely don't really need to begin with. It's time for part two.
Since I'm currently facing my mid-2015 Macbook Pro, I might as well take a second to consider what else I could have done with the money I invested in this machine. We all need a powerful computer and frankly, this is one thing I can justify spending an arm and a leg on. After all, what would us digital photographers be without an efficient machine to help process our massive image files?
Mid 2015 Macbook Pro
- 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell)
- 16GB of Onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
- 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
- Integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics
- 15.4" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
- 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
- Force Touch Trackpad
- Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra
Wheels and Tires For Your Ride
So what does the rest of the world (aka: regular people) do with all that cash they save from buying a lesser machine or simply doing without? How about a nice set of wheels and tires for your ride? Four Method Race Wheels wrapped in some proper off-road rubber will run you between $2000-$2500 USD. That price may shock some, but so would a $2500 laptop.
HoldFast Gear Roamographer Camera Bag (Brown, Small)
Price: $560.00 USD
- Holds DSLR, 4 Lenses, 2 Flash
- Accommodates iPad mini or Tablet
- Extra Strap Secures Mirrorless Camera
- Removable Camera Insert
- Clamp-Top Snap & Buckle Closure
- American Bison Leather
- Adjustable Carrier Straps Hold Tripod
- Detachable Shoulder Strap
- Dual Top Handles
It’s a rather handsome camera bag if you ask me. While the Holdfast Gear Roamographer may not be for me (I’m a hard case kinda guy), it is rather appealing to the more fashion conscious photographers out there.
28,000 Brown Paper Bags
That same $560.00 could get you nearly 28,000 brown paper sandwich bags. While they won’t hold your camera gear, they will hold your lunch, and that’s pretty important too.
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17" Professional Photographic Inkjet Printer
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is a pretty impressive printer. I should have one of these bad boys sitting on a desk at home soon, but what else could I have purchased with the $1300 used to purchase this printer?
- Max Resolution: 2400 x 1200 dpi
- Max Print Size: 17 x 22" (Sheet Media)
- Print Speed: 17 x 22" in 4 Min 10 Sec
- Borderless Printing at up to 17" Wide
- FINE Printing Technology
- L-COA PRO Image Processing Engine
- 12 LUCIA PRO Pigment-Based Inks
- Grayscale Photo Printing; 3.0" Color LCD
- Canon PRINT App, PIXMA Cloud Link
- USB 2.0, Ethernet, & Wi-Fi Connectivity
2017 Giant Fathom Mountain Bike
Had I used the above mentioned $1300 differently, I could have been peddling my way through the many mountain bike trails in Arizona. Oh well, maybe next time.
Leica S Summicron 100 Edition Medium Format DSLR Camera with 100mm Lens Kit
- 37.5 MP 45 x 30mm CCD Sensor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter
- 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD Monitor
- Pentaprism 0.86x Mag. Viewfinder
- DNG File Format, 16-Bit Color Depth
- ISO 1600, Up to 1.5 fps Shooting
- Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH. Lens
- Aluminum Rimowa Cabin Trolley Case
- Components Bear Linsenchnitt Engraving
- Limited Edition of 100
Holy cow! I’m not sure I could ever justify purchasing a $30,000 medium format camera, and that’s likely because I’d rather cruise around in a used Dodge Viper RT/10. The American super-car can now be purchased for nearly the same price as the Leica S Summicron 100 kit.
Used Dodge Viper RT/10
Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K Handheld Camcorder with Four Thirds Sensor and Integrated Zoom Lens
- Single 4/3 MOS Sensor with 12 Stops DR
- DCI 4K 24P, UHD 4K Up to 60p
- Variable Frame Rate Up to 120 FPS in FHD
- MP4 / MOV Recording in 4K
- Integrated Leica 13x f/2.8 - f/4.5 Lens
- 3 x Individual Lens Control Rings
- 2 x SD Cards Slots (U3 Compatible)
- HDMI 2.0, 3G-SDI Output
I’m not much of a videographer, but this thing just looks professional and I’m sure I if I was a video guy, I’d think I needed it. Since I’m not, I can apply the $4195 to something else.
Human Bowling Ball
For right around four grand, you can call yourself a human bowling ball and knock down all the pins your heart desires. If you’re slightly more mature and prefer to actually bowl at real bowling lanes, on average, you could play about 800 games at five bucks per game.
Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Giant)
Price: $1,567.00 USD
Gitzo makes some of the world's best tripods, so it should come as no surprise that they carry a hefty price tag. This particular model will run you $1,567.00 USD.
Super Adorable French Bulldog
For nearly the same price, you can purchase a four legged support system.
A French Bulldog puppy will run you between $1200-$1800 in most parts of the U.S. I guarantee you that your tripod wont be as cuddly as one of these fur balls.
While most of us are content with our decisions to invest our hard-earned cash into our photography businesses, it's beneficial to look at the mountain of gear that we've acquired over the years as other things from time to time. "That's not a camera, it's a trip to the Bahamas that I put off until later."