Paul Henman photo If You Had $2000 to Spend on Photographic Gear

If You Had $2000 to Spend on Photographic Gear

Over on the Digital Photography School blog they asked “If I gave you $2000 to spend on camera gear – what would you buy?

Well, I’ve had my Canon Rebel XTi for about 2.5 years and I’d really like to move up to the Canon 7D – the advertised price is around $1400, which means about $1650 with taxes etc. ( has a handy comparison chart of what it really costs to have it in your hands!)

Alternatively, I’d really like to pick up the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens – advertised price $1270 so just under $1500 really.

Kerri bought me a Speedlite 430EX II (flash) recently, and I have a decent tripod, monopod and GorillaPod, as well as a new backpack (Lowepro Fastpack 350) and I even bought Lightroom 3 when it came out, so I’m not sure what I’d spend the remaining budget on. Maybe the BG-E7 Battery Grip for the 7D and some larger memory cards.

If the question allowed me to spend some of the budget on something other than “gear”, then it’s a bit easier – printing & framing some of my shots, and maybe another workshop.

So what about you? What’s on your wishlist?

5 thoughts on “If You Had $2000 to Spend on Photographic Gear”

  1. Im slowly realizing that its not equipment thats holding me back but rather the limited amount of time I spend shooting and processing. If I had $2K that could only be spent on gear I’d probably get something like an 85mm 1.4 but if I could spend it on anything that could be used for photography I’d probably by a mac air and/or some workshops

  2. I agree Rob – I think the biggest things (for me) are practice, shooting with other people and workshops. I attended Chris Marquardt’s urban photography workshop in summer and I’m watching his website ( to see what next year’s topic will be – it was great fun and I learned a lot!

  3. Picked up the BG-E7 battery grip at Aden for less than half the price of anywhere else! Thanks again to for finding the deals!

    I also got a new wrist strap as my old one isn’t big enough; new one is a Nikon strap but it seems to work OK with my Canon gear 🙂

  4. I’ve signed up for Chris Marquardt’s urban photography workshop again. Chris said it’ll cover some of the same material (which’ll be a useful reminder) and some new material (can’t think what), so it’s bound to be great!

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