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. (PhotoPrice.ca 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?