I was recently browsing through B&H catalog and one thing struck me quite a bit, namely this:
Okay, it’s Broncolor, one of the best lighting brands, but… It is a light stand! You know, a stick with wheels. $6 000? Come on guys, maybe it makes 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds? Or what?
Anyway, I thought it would be a nice idea to make a Chirstmas wishlist from top priced photo stuff and see how much it will make. You can show it to your husband/wife/mom/dad if they think that you spend too much on photo gear ;)
So, what do we need? A decend camera with a couple of decent lenses, and a couple of power packs with three flash heads for studio and outdoor lighting.
1. Hasselblad H4D-200MS Medium Format DSLR Camera – $35,995
4. Hasselblad Telephoto 300mm f/4.5 Auto Focus HC Lens for the H Cameras – $5,195
Now, the lighting:
5. Broncolor Scoro S 3200 RFS Power Pack (100-240V) – $12,647
6. Broncolor Pulso Twin 4 – 2 X 3200 Watt/Second Lamphead – $4,143
7.Broncolor G2 Pulso – 1600 Watt/Second Focusing Lamphead – $2,730 x2 = $5,460
8. Broncolor Para 330FB Reflector Umbrella – $11,326
And an extra set for faster and more remote shooting:
9. Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera – $6,999
10. Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF Autofocus Lens – $25,999
And I did not mention all the tripods, reflectors, softboxes, cables, and tons of other accessories that would easily bring it to $150 000.
Of course, this list is a bit weird, because it is soo unlikely to see a fashion photographer with a 500 mm Sigma, or a wildlife shooter with Broncolor or Profoto lights around an elefant (which is slightly more possible). But who knows, who knows…
What seems unbelieveable for hobbyists, will seem okay for world-recognized photographers – so let’s just strive to be among them.
But that light stand is definitely overpriced, don’t you think?