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What camera gear would you buy if you were given $1000?

Time for a little hypothetical question – imagine you were walking by a camera shop and running out the doors came the owner of the shop. He races up to you and says – ‘it’s your lucky day – I’m going to give you anything in my shop up to the value of $1000′!

You’ve got an hour to choose what you want, it has to be a camera, lens, flash unit or some other kind of photography gear that you’d find in any normal photography shop – what would you get?

You can get as many products as you like as long as they total $1000 or less.

Lets use the prices at Amazon’s photography shop as a guide (they have most things) but don’t get too caught up in the details – really I’m asking what gear you’re currently eyeing off!

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  • Don Bird from Michigan

    If you can i would spend a little more and get the canon 50D not the 1ti.Do what you want but thats what i would do.

  • gena

    Hmmmm, lots of people shooting, not too many printing. would love to hear more on that but to stay on topic, I’ve got some birthday $$ put away & a slush fund which would cover the diff for an Epson R2880 plus some ink & paper.

  • http://puritydove.com Christian

    I’ll get the Epson P-4000 $410.00 + Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight which is about $ 469.95.

  • http://www.moephotography.com Moe

    Canon EOS 40D

  • Angelic’

    Spent just under a grand today at adorama (online)..

    I went with a

    Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non vc) – $459
    Canon 430 EX II (plus diffuser, batteries and battery charger) – $287.78
    Canon BG E2N Battery grip (for my 40D – LOVE my 40D) – $136.95

    + $53 shipping to Canada

    Total $956.63

    Taxes etc? Will probably push it to if not over a grand :(

  • naveen

    I would get a canon 100mm f/2.8 macro USM L

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  • http://ComingSoon Jason C. Lucchini

    Well, It would have to be the Nikon D300s although Id still be $396 Short + Lens…
    There is absolutly no other camera that comes close to all my need.
    Since my only means of income to survive has been selling photos. It would have to
    be that one!
    Jason

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  • Azharoo

    I would like Nikon D90 (need $300 more :( )
    probably Nikon D5100

  • http://www.nathanfrankephotography.com Nathan

    -new camera bag (call it $100–must hold one body + lens, 2 separate lenses, one off camera flash, and all the other detritus [filters, sd cards, etc] that photography requires)
    -nifty 50 prime lens ($100)
    -hopefully the shop has some Cactus radio triggers–3 transceivers to start ($100)
    -a new fully manual speedlite. Ideally LP 160, but i’d probably have to get a more expensive canon version from the store, say $300
    -With $400 left, I’d look at light modifiers, lenses, whatever else I could get.

  • http://chiiper.com/olympuscameras/ Ben Racicot

    Ah the Olympus E5 is a bit over 1K but a Zuiko lens! Probably the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras at $745.00

  • http://www.review-of-wealthy-affiliate.info Carmen

    I would buy my dream camera, a Canon Digital Rebel.

  • Kyle Petersen

    Speedlite 580ex, wireless flash transmitter, and maybe a wide angle lens

Some older comments

  • Carmen

    November 6, 2011 02:16 pm

    I would buy my dream camera, a Canon Digital Rebel.

  • Ben Racicot

    September 28, 2011 08:21 am

    Ah the Olympus E5 is a bit over 1K but a Zuiko lens! Probably the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras at $745.00

  • Nathan

    September 13, 2011 12:57 am

    -new camera bag (call it $100--must hold one body + lens, 2 separate lenses, one off camera flash, and all the other detritus [filters, sd cards, etc] that photography requires)
    -nifty 50 prime lens ($100)
    -hopefully the shop has some Cactus radio triggers--3 transceivers to start ($100)
    -a new fully manual speedlite. Ideally LP 160, but i'd probably have to get a more expensive canon version from the store, say $300
    -With $400 left, I'd look at light modifiers, lenses, whatever else I could get.

  • Azharoo

    August 13, 2011 01:35 pm

    I would like Nikon D90 (need $300 more :( )
    probably Nikon D5100

  • mabcur yoo

    April 30, 2011 12:54 pm

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  • Jason C. Lucchini

    February 28, 2011 08:33 pm

    Well, It would have to be the Nikon D300s although Id still be $396 Short + Lens...
    There is absolutly no other camera that comes close to all my need.
    Since my only means of income to survive has been selling photos. It would have to
    be that one!
    Jason

  • Roxy Xcel

    May 21, 2010 08:50 am

    Hi there, I couldn't find any way to email you, and so I really hope that you read this comment. I own a website covering ladies wetsuits, and wondered if you might like to swap links with me. I have submitted my contact address if you would like to get in touch. Thank you.

  • O Neill

    May 21, 2010 08:22 am

    Hello there, I could not find a means to email you, and so I really hope that you read this comment. I have a website about ladies wetsuits, and thought you might like to exchange links with me. I have entered my email address if you would like to get in contact. Thanks.

  • naveen

    April 1, 2010 01:47 pm

    I would get a canon 100mm f/2.8 macro USM L

  • Angelic'

    March 12, 2010 04:40 pm

    Spent just under a grand today at adorama (online)..

    I went with a

    Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non vc) - $459
    Canon 430 EX II (plus diffuser, batteries and battery charger) - $287.78
    Canon BG E2N Battery grip (for my 40D - LOVE my 40D) - $136.95

    + $53 shipping to Canada

    Total $956.63

    Taxes etc? Will probably push it to if not over a grand :(

  • Moe

    January 7, 2010 11:33 am

    Canon EOS 40D

  • Christian

    November 23, 2009 07:22 am

    I'll get the Epson P-4000 $410.00 + Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight which is about $ 469.95.

  • gena

    November 13, 2009 08:12 am

    Hmmmm, lots of people shooting, not too many printing. would love to hear more on that but to stay on topic, I've got some birthday $$ put away & a slush fund which would cover the diff for an Epson R2880 plus some ink & paper.

  • Don Bird from Michigan

    November 12, 2009 12:48 am

    If you can i would spend a little more and get the canon 50D not the 1ti.Do what you want but thats what i would do.

  • Keith

    July 31, 2009 10:34 am

    Nikon D90, Awesome Camera For the Price.

  • Karen

    July 28, 2009 01:52 pm

    I know this might be a little off subject... but.... I have a Nikon P90 right now and I'm just learning about stuff. I'm looking at getting the Nikon D5000. Is that a good camera to start with?

  • mary stevens (mini_8840 on DPS)

    July 27, 2009 09:50 am

    Here is my wish list:
    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Digital SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR Cameras
    369.99
    Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
    361.59
    Sandisk 8GB SDHC Memory Card
    11.88
    Canon wireless remote control
    22.36
    Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Green Accent)
    41.35
    I know a"case" or backpack is probably not considered gear, but I dont have a case of any kind right at the moment, and with any left over money I would buy whatever learning books they had in the store. Im new like alot of people here so I more I can learn the better. The memory card that came with my camera is small so soon I will be getting a bigger one.
    Thanks, this was fun .
    mini_8840

  • sunith

    July 25, 2009 08:45 pm

    2 Vivitar 285HV = $170
    Avenger Light stand $79
    Wescott 50' softbox $250
    Alienbee Cybersync triggersfor a pair $120
    60'convertible umberella $30
    50mm 1.8 nikkor $135

    Cant believe I still have money left...

  • Phil bellisari

    July 25, 2009 06:56 am

    I would purchase a very fast wide angle lens,Nikon F2.8 14-24 zoom or a F2.8 14mm.

  • tomislav

    July 24, 2009 06:20 am

    for a long time watching the LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH lens, for about $1000 (amazon currently has it a ta higher price, but can be found around $900 in US). really nice piece of gear i'd reallly use in low-light concert photograpy...

  • Jennie

    July 24, 2009 05:33 am

    This is easy I know exactly what I would get and it wouldn't even take me 5 seconds to think about it.

    Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 G ED AF DX Fisheye Lens

    and

    Nikon SB-900 Flash

    it would roughly come out to right around $ 1000 and they are just what I need! I might have to chip in a few buck to cover the difference but it would be close enough.

  • fiona

    July 24, 2009 02:54 am

    umm.
    tripod around $100 (for me it is okay, i'm still a beginner tho-) maybe Manfrotto 725B or Slik Pro II 3 Away
    canon 50mm f/1.8
    canon 10-22mm

  • Wilson

    July 23, 2009 11:51 pm

    Here is my selection. Now all I need to do is work overtime to pay for them

    Epson P-4000 $410.00
    Sigma Ring Flash for Canon $386.56
    Stroboframe Pro T Flash Bracket $83.97
    Adobe CS4 for Digital Photographers $34.64
    Total $915.17

    Wilson

  • Sarai

    July 23, 2009 02:30 pm

    I think I would definitely get a Nikon 85mm f/1.8 which is around $434.95 and a Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight which is about $ 469.95. I've been wanting them so bad for so long. I suppose one is allowed to dream. :)

  • JPsGrfx

    July 23, 2009 05:38 am

    I have a D40 and the kit lenses it came with, 18-55mm & 55-200mm lenses. They do not have VR so I think I want something with it.

    It is a toss up from:

    Nikon D90 Body
    Nikon 18-200mm VR Lens
    Nikon 50mm f1.4 Lens

  • Éric

    July 22, 2009 10:28 pm

    I would surely upgrade my old Canon Rebel XT to a new Canon Rebel T1i.

  • Davina

    July 22, 2009 10:26 am

    P&S ~ $125 (not sure which one, choices are overwhelming)
    Sigma 150mm macro for Canon ~ $730
    Sandisk Extreme FireWire Reader ~ $60
    Eye-One Display 2 ~ $190
    Large Rocket Blower ~ $10

  • Romaing

    July 22, 2009 08:54 am

    So, for me it would be:

    - Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens ($698.95)
    - Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens ($259.99)

    Then I'll probably go for the 16GB Sdhc Secure Digital Hc Card-easystore ($40.14)

    The shop owner can keep the 92 cents as a tip for his very generous offer.

  • derfasaurus

    July 22, 2009 02:17 am

    Those talking about PocketWizards check this out:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13089

    I bought one and it's awesome, maybe not as good as a PW but come on, $20, unbeatable.

    I'd actually love to see DPS do an article about these kind of money saving items out there. No RF trigger should ever cost $300+, the electronics just aren't that complicated.

  • RC

    July 22, 2009 02:16 am

    Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom Lens
    Tamron SP AF 2x Pro Teleconverter
    Tiffen HT UV Have FIlter
    Tiffen HT Circular Polarizer

  • Tim Olsen

    July 21, 2009 03:29 pm

    Always get the best glass you can afford. Photographers have shot with crude, manual cameras forever, but if paired with a great lens, you can't go wrong!

  • joelzilla

    July 21, 2009 12:09 pm

    Sigma 10-20 f3.5

  • Jesus

    July 21, 2009 08:00 am

    Sigma 50 - 150, f2.8 II HSM $683.57 and protector filter $10.00
    NIkon 50mm, f1.8 $135.00, and protector filter...
    nissin di622, $150

    Please send them my way ; ).....

    Jmg

  • Linda

    July 21, 2009 04:59 am

    I like the Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera. Every feature this camera has is what I've been looking for. in love with this camera when I veiwed it in the store. I love that I would be able to take mulitble pictures in seconds. the only thing is that I would have to change my cards from SD to xD. No problem. It's priced good at
    $549.00. I would use the Transcend 16 GB SDHC class 6 flash memory Card with card reader TS16GSDHC6-S5Wpackage for $43.43.
    And last I would get the back lighting $216.63.
    I think this would be good for me to inter into school.

  • Prateek

    July 21, 2009 04:22 am

    Nikon D90

  • R Melanson

    July 21, 2009 02:02 am

    Gee... Just occurred to me, get a new Epson 2880 Printer and some high end papers. I've always wanted one but couldn't justify the expense for the low numbers I print annually.

  • R Melanson

    July 21, 2009 01:46 am

    There is not much pro glass and no pro bodies available for $1000, photography is expensive!!!! With a thousand dollars in store credit I'd probably pick up a bunch of accessories (e.g. UDMA cards, lens filters, lighting gear, clamps and spigots). Alternatively, if software is an option I would love to upgrade my CS3 to CS4. I can't use ACR in CS3 to process RAW images off my 5D mk2. Aperture is decent but I really miss ACR for RAW.

  • Raynaldo

    July 20, 2009 10:01 pm

    $1000?
    wow
    I'll just take a sigma 24-70 ex dg hsm, and a speedlite 430 EX2

  • Francis

    July 20, 2009 08:54 pm

    SB 900
    Lastolite trigrip reflector and diffuser

  • Azeem Mohammed

    July 20, 2009 07:30 pm

    I will add the balance and buy Canon 70-200 IS F/2.8

  • Sandy

    July 20, 2009 11:24 am

    CLASSES!!!

  • J Pollard

    July 20, 2009 09:13 am

    With my $1,000 I'd buy a 20% share in a 400mm Canon IS lense

  • BJ Checket

    July 20, 2009 12:47 am

    I could make a bunch of lists depending on how I feel on any given day.

    Today, I feel the need for an Olympus PEN with the 14-42mm kit lens as my 3rd camera to sit nicely between my dSLR and my P&S: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/629792-REG/Olympus_262811_E_P1_Pen_Digital_Camera.html

    And I'd add the optical view finder for an xtra $99 (although its out of stock right now): http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/631822-REG/Olympus_260052_VF_1_OPTICAL_VIEWFINDER_f_E_P1.html

  • Pepperfly

    July 19, 2009 04:53 pm

    If I was to augment my Canon gear, I'd get a 10-22mm IS-L lens and a light meter. If I was to start over, I'd get Nikon gear, e.g., camera body w/ kit lens and hopefully a SB800, if I can get all that for a grand.

  • usseryrl

    July 19, 2009 02:09 pm

    I would have to get the 70-200mm F4 L, and a white balance cap such as colorright or expodisc ,and some filters. If I couldn't get that then I would get a new rebel 500D with 18-55mm lens.

  • idb

    July 19, 2009 06:37 am

    I would get a Pentax DA 12-24 mm f/4 ($730), a Pentax AF540FGZ flash ( $350) and a Pentax remote control ($24). I know that's a little more than a $1000 but that's my wish list right now.

  • Bill Glover

    July 19, 2009 05:09 am

    I'd get a new Nikon D90 and a new Nikon 18-200vr. The only problem is finding the extra $500.

  • Cat

    July 19, 2009 04:18 am

    I would love to have a Nikon D90, an upgrade from my D60, but since there is nothing wrong with my D60 and I really haven't explored all the possibilities and need to do that first, I would get a Nikon 12-24 mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom lens,($929 on Amazon) which if in the future I got a D90 I could use with it. Ive been reading Scott Kelby's Digital Photography books and this is a lens he recommends for taking landscape shots and one that I would love to have!

  • Dee

    July 18, 2009 10:04 pm

    It would be a new lens upgrade for my Nikon d40

  • Susan D

    July 18, 2009 09:22 pm

    I've only had my DSLR a few months but I'd buy a macro lens and 55-250 lens and if there was any money left a Neutral graduated filter, flash unit

  • Wes

    July 18, 2009 04:49 pm

    Well I would get a lens I have already been eyeing and a more powerful flash unit. That would eat up that $1,000.00 pretty effectively!

  • FriedChicken

    July 18, 2009 03:25 pm

    Can't we make it $10000?

    I'm eyeing some L glass, after all... :P

  • Trevor Sowers

    July 18, 2009 03:24 pm

    85 1.8
    10-22

  • Darryl Natividad

    July 18, 2009 03:11 pm

    Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX

  • Dave

    July 18, 2009 02:08 pm

    How about a Canon T1i body to go with my EOS film body and lets throw in a 430 EX II speedlite, Got some decent EF lenses already... Love to do more digital but can't afford anything more than my ancient, yet trusty Kodak P850. It works...

  • Vinny

    July 18, 2009 01:38 pm

    I just got my XSI too! Wouldn't that be serendipitous? I think I'd get the following:

    Canon 35mm f/2
    Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM
    B & W 52mm UV (Ultra Violet) Haze Multi Coated (2C) Glass Filter #010
    B & W 58mm UV (Ultra Violet) Haze Multi Coated (2C) Glass Filter #010
    Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash

    These with the 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS lenses that came with the XSI, I think I'd be set for a looooong time! Guess the camera bag would come out of my pocket! :)

  • julie

    July 18, 2009 12:59 pm

    i would definitely get a lens and some filters. i'm a beginner so i don't need fancy things just a better lens.

  • bbbb

    July 18, 2009 12:22 pm

    Profoto D1 and softbox.

  • Joseph Calabretta

    July 18, 2009 09:58 am

    I'd buy a Nikon D90.

  • kyle

    July 18, 2009 08:30 am

    I'm just getting started, so a $1000 shopping spree would be heaven!

    Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash ($239.00)
    Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens ($299.99)
    Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens ($395.00)
    Canon Wireless Remote Control ($22.36)

    Total: $956.35

    I'd be set for a long, long time, I think.

  • ash

    July 18, 2009 08:20 am

    gitzo tripod.
    2541EX CF.
    and the GH2750 QR off centre ball head to go with it!
    i just might buy it even if someone doesn't give me $1000 : p

  • Patrick

    July 18, 2009 08:08 am

    Canon 50mm f/1.4 (300$)
    Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 (400$)
    Canon Speedligth 430 Flash
    2x 16GB CF-Card
    Battery Grip for EOS 40D

  • Tracy

    July 18, 2009 07:38 am

    To Fun!! I would first get the Canon 580EX II flash and then a new lens...something like the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens...

  • Jennifer

    July 18, 2009 07:37 am

    I'd buy lighting equipment including reflectors. Now... when should I expect my $1000? :o)
    I love to dream!

  • laura

    July 18, 2009 07:23 am

    Well I would upgrade to a nikon D90 of course that would mean I would have to contribute but hey its a start right?

  • Radityo Pradipto

    July 18, 2009 07:11 am

    a Nikkor AF-D 35mm F/2 for invesntment when I upgrade for FX format and a Crumpler Cox & Fork travelpack for carrying my gears

  • Chris de Beer

    July 18, 2009 06:49 am

    Only one lens I still want!

    AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF

    The owner can even keep the change!

    Chris

  • ken klassy

    July 18, 2009 05:54 am

    lens baby, Jobo GPS, batteries, faster memory, and a 50 mil prime lens.

  • PS Junkie

    July 18, 2009 05:03 am

    7' Elingcrom Octabank diffuser.

  • Chris Starwalt

    July 18, 2009 04:39 am

    Canon BG-E4 Battery Grip for EOS 5D -$190
    Canon BP511A Battery x2 - $75
    SanDisk SDCFX3-004G-A31 4 GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card x2 - $60
    Westcott 45" Optical White Satin Umbrella with Removable Black Cover-$28
    Shoe Mount Multiclamp -$20
    Manfrotto 367B Basic Light Stand extends up to 9 Feet - $73
    Hoya 72mm DMC PRO1 Digital Circular Polarizer Glass Filter - $188
    Hoya 82mm DMC PRO1 Digital Circular Polarizer Glass Filter - $295

    $66 left won't cover taxes!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan

    July 18, 2009 04:33 am

    too easy

    First a bit of length with Vibration comp

    Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom Lens with Built in Motor for Nikon DSLR Cameras
    $574.99

    Second improve the lighting with off camera flash

    Nikon Speedlight SB-600 $218.95

    Third, everyone needs a bit of a fast lens...

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras $132.57

    Total: $926.51 I'd spend the rest on more memory, and supplies for Scott Kelby's 2nd annual Worldwide PhotoWalk tomorrow. http://www.worldwidephotowalk.com

    Dan

  • D. Travis North

    July 18, 2009 03:38 am

    Here's my list:
    Nikon SB-600 Flash - $220
    Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye - $700)

    I'd spend the rest on gels and/or flash mounts.

  • Doug

    July 18, 2009 03:34 am

    Canon Rebel T1i dslr and a 75-300 4-5.6 III usm lens

    That would get me into the dslr world. Currently I have been learning on my trusty Canon Powershot S3-IS, which while a good camera has some limitations for manual setting. I love the camera, but want to move up to the next level. It would make a very nice trusty backup though.

  • C. Yantis

    July 18, 2009 03:06 am

    Since I am a complete newbie to photography I would buy:
    Nikon d40 - $415.00
    SB-400 Speed light - $114.95
    Nikon 55-200VR - 199.99
    Nikon 50m f/1.8D - 132.57
    and some filters so that I can try to teach myself photography. That comes out less than $1000 but I can't think of anything else unless it is a tripod or something, or maybe a camera backpack.

    CW

  • Teresa

    July 18, 2009 02:21 am

    a macro lens, new camera bag, lenses for my film camera

  • Jaydead

    July 18, 2009 02:01 am

    Nikon D90 body - $889.95

  • Michelle

    July 18, 2009 01:55 am

    I would get a second body for my Pentax K10D (about $600) and a remote release (I've discovered light writing) ($20) and I may even be able to swing a speed light

  • Lucus

    July 18, 2009 01:48 am

    2 x Canon 580EX II : 2 x $369.99
    Elinchrom EL 19360 Skyport Universal Trigger Set 1 x $180.47
    Elinchrom EL 19352 Skyport Universal Receiver 1 x $101.93

    Total $1022.38

    I am just over $1000 but I am sure I can find a deal somewhere other than Amazon to bring into the under $1000 range :)

  • Jason

    July 18, 2009 01:47 am

    I get the best Gitzo tripod and ballhead the shop had for under $1,000.

    Just imagine if you could only buy a single item for under $1,000? I recently made a poll for that for my local camera club. It makes things quite difficult if you can't stockpile items because $1,000 sounds like a lot, but it's actually a weird photography price point.

  • Rob Greer

    July 18, 2009 01:29 am

    I would add some of my own money to the mix and buy a Profoto 7' Giant Reflector.

  • C Willows

    July 18, 2009 01:25 am

    I would get a backdrop support system and paper, combi boom stand, 3 pocket wizards and a softbox fit for my sb80dx flash units. Now that I know how much I could get with $1000 I should go out there and start saving! Then I'd start saving for some great lenses but they were mostly over a grand save for the Nikkor 10.5 Fisheye F2.8 for 700$ - now that would also be a great choice!

  • Brenda Hartman

    July 18, 2009 01:22 am

    I would get the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens for $894.88 , the Nikon HS-14 Snap-On Lens Hood for Nikon Micro 105 mm f/2.8 to go with it for $13.93, and lastly SanDisk SDCFX3-016G-A31 16 GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card for $84.44 for a total of........................................... $993.25

    The look on my husbands face when he finds out he doesn't have to pay for them.....................PRICELESS!!!!

  • Dinesh

    July 18, 2009 01:08 am

    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
    Canon 430EX Flash
    Manfrotto 680B Monopod
    Should round it out to about a $1000!

  • Allen Robertson

    July 18, 2009 12:50 am

    Yeah I went $30 over but I'll pitch in the $30 if the camera shop is giving me the first $1,000. I figure that's the least I could do.

  • Allen Robertson

    July 18, 2009 12:47 am

    This is an easy one for me. The Pentax K20D going for $605 and the Pentax 70mm f/2.4 DA Limited Lens for $425. Darn near top class performance for $1,000. Can't be beat!

  • Marcin

    July 18, 2009 12:38 am

    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM - $577.99
    Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM - $390.40
    Total - $968.39

  • allen

    July 18, 2009 12:15 am

    Down payment on a Nikon 70-200mm lens.

  • Rob C.

    July 18, 2009 12:09 am

    Oh I'm all about wide angles lately. I would definitely pick up the new Nikon 10-24 lense. That lense won't fit in my current bag so I would have to get a new one of those and a nice ball head tripod to go with it.

  • Tyler Ingram

    July 17, 2009 11:56 pm

    Wow so many submissions!

    What would I get for camera gear?

    Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro lens for sure. This would be my next lens to pick up if I could afford to buy anything. I miss a lot in the world around me because i can't get close enough to it. So that's about $800 or so.

    The last $200 ish, I would probably look at either a filter of sort like a ND. Though I think a book on Lightroom would be pretty cool too. If they were the price an Pocket Wizard to start with so i could use it with my Sigma 530 DG Super Flash unit.

  • Michelle Anderson

    July 17, 2009 11:46 pm

    I would so love to upgrade my digital Canon 300D for the Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera body. I already have the lenses.

  • Sadonna

    July 17, 2009 11:35 pm

    Well it would come down to the Macbook 1,094.00 would pay the extra cash to get it. I have studio lights and amazon doesn't have really good choices for backdrops. So equipment would be it. For lens it would be either the 70-200 f/4L USM 639.00 ( IS version $1,025.00 I would pay the extra 25.00 too) or the following list below.

    Canon 100mm $577.99
    Pocket Wizards (2) 338.00
    Photo Vision 6 mini calibration target $24.95
    Westcott 40 inch 5 in 1 reflector 39.50

    $980.44

  • vanessa

    July 17, 2009 11:28 pm

    A tripod, macro lens and a decent flash.....

  • Eric Mesa

    July 17, 2009 11:19 pm

    That's not enough money! Dangit! $200 more and I can get the Canon 50D.

    Fine, I'd probably get the

    Canon wireless trigger ~$200
    Canon 35mm USM lens ~$300
    Canon 100 mm Macro ~$500

  • Adam

    July 17, 2009 11:04 pm

    $400.00 Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
    $329.40 Synology NAS Cube Station CS407e Economic 4-Bay Network Storage
    $_79.95 GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr™ for Digital Cameras
    $_74.99 Hitachi 1 TB 16MB 7200RPM SATA Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 0A38016
    $_74.99 Hitachi 1 TB 16MB 7200RPM SATA Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 0A38016
    -----------
    $969.33

    I need storage and a fast lens. The GPS photo-logger is for fun.

  • Talz

    July 17, 2009 10:51 pm

    I want the macro lens I''ve been promising myself for last 6 months and also a really good remote flash. Wish it was real!

  • adam

    July 17, 2009 10:47 pm

    50mm f/1.4 canon as i will never pay my own cash for this lens when the 1.8 will do :(

  • John Jacobsen

    July 17, 2009 10:42 pm

    I'd head over to the flash aisle and get some pocket wizards and an SB-900 to use with my collection of SB-600's. =)

  • SebD

    July 17, 2009 10:29 pm

    I'd get a Nodal ninja pano head, a light tripod, a good wide angle lens, a sandwich, then head to the mountains.

  • Countrydan

    July 17, 2009 09:55 pm

    580EX and good heavy duty tripod

  • dan.will60

    July 17, 2009 09:30 pm

    here is my $1000.00 list.
    Canon Speedlite 580ex11 $369.99
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro usm lens $577.99
    Hoya uv filter 58mm $22.35
    Sto-Fen OM600 omni bounce diffuser $13.29
    bp511a battery x3 $16.70

    So I am over by 32c I am sure they would see fit to for go the small change.

  • bid2win

    July 17, 2009 09:14 pm

    Well I definitely don't have a photography background but I would buy a Nikon COOLPIX S630 and a good laptop for photo editing.

  • Tommy

    July 17, 2009 09:06 pm

    Lets see....hmmm
    >Canon 50mm F1.8 II
    >Tamron 70-200mm F2.8
    >Remote cable trigger (can use it from the rear)
    >Some filters if possible..
    I wish something like this happens though...haha

  • Jannik

    July 17, 2009 08:48 pm

    Definitely a Canon EOS 50D body (I know it's a tad more than $1000, but it's what I want).

  • Kirsty-Abu Dhabi

    July 17, 2009 08:24 pm

    I'd want to create some different looking images so......

    1. a lensbaby composer
    2. a fisheye

  • lloydyp

    July 17, 2009 07:26 pm

    Dead easy,

    a used D300 body.

  • Reynaldo Mendoza

    July 17, 2009 07:24 pm

    Photography is drawing with light

    So I would love to have a Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash (I already have a 480exII) and and an off shoe cord for both (I dont have one) I recently am reading the strobist blog so I think I can improve my skills with these strobes (not to mention a lot of practice)

  • David

    July 17, 2009 06:43 pm

    I would probably buy these ((total price's $994):
    Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM (625)
    Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash (369)

  • PWJ

    July 17, 2009 05:53 pm

    I would get:
    Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Cloud ($79) [it's a diffuser dome that fits any dedicated flash unit];
    Gary Fong Puffer Pop-up Flash Diffuser ($42)
    Gary Fong Origami Accessory Flash Diffusion System ($55)
    CANON CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX II ($299)
    CANON OC-E3 Off-camera Shoe Cord ($125)
    The PocketWizard Plus II ($265) [wirelessly trigger lights and/or cameras up to 500m]
    Cokin H250 P Series Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit ($108)

    Total: A$973

  • Pudl Productions

    July 17, 2009 05:44 pm

    Sony Macro Lens
    Sony External Flash
    If some left, then a 50mm f/1.8

  • MikMik

    July 17, 2009 05:40 pm

    I think I'd get a good tripod and some lenses, starting with a 50mm.

  • Pio danilo P. Cuadra

    July 17, 2009 05:24 pm

    If given chance to a $1,000 decision I would buy another Canon EOS 40D body($825) and a BG-E2N Battery Grip($175). My incumbent EOS 40D body then becomes a backup to my new DSLR. Accessories? - flashes, filters, tripods, monopods, angle finder, timer release, etc.? I already own them. LOL

  • Haentz

    July 17, 2009 05:19 pm

    As a Canon shooter i would buy a decent 50mm Nikon lens and a Nikon body from the rest.

  • stephen

    July 17, 2009 05:10 pm

    17-55 f2.8; it's the last thing on my "to get" list.

  • Daniel

    July 17, 2009 05:04 pm

    some glass fror my D300: at least Nikon 50mm 1.4G (or D?)

    a second SB-900 (well a first SB-900 to put aside my SB-800)

  • Steve

    July 17, 2009 04:36 pm

    Simple, A SB 900, a remote fireing kit, and any other flash accessories that I can afford like a flash box, stand, power supply. It goes on and on.

  • Dave Hodgkinson

    July 17, 2009 03:35 pm

    Studio lights and some backdrops. I have enough glass for what I shoot at the moment.

  • Melissa Punti

    July 17, 2009 03:33 pm

    A macro lens and a better tripod!

  • Amy

    July 17, 2009 03:26 pm

    Newbie Two, Probably just a Kodak EasyShare Z700/ INDOOR/OUTDOOR of course, 35mm-175mm/ all glass lens. Great for sharing just about anything and everything with family and friends! Plus completely compatable with all Dell systems! I save money, too! Only $750.00, then maybe we can through in sodas for us all I'm thirsty now too! Thank You, Miss Amy Bradley

  • Freemium

    July 17, 2009 02:59 pm

    Easy! The Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro! That would take up the vast majority of the $1000. Maybe I'd throw in a good CF card for good measure.

  • Sonya

    July 17, 2009 02:47 pm

    If I had $1,000

    Multi coated filters
    A telephoto lens
    A Macro lens
    A sturdy tripod
    Extra rechargeable battery
    Extra memory card
    500 GB ext. hard drive

    ...and a big ol' bag to fit everything!

  • Azrul

    July 17, 2009 02:46 pm

    My choice would be the Lumix LX3...
    Else..
    It would be Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX + Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight Flash
    Enough for me... :D

  • PhotoKaki

    July 17, 2009 02:44 pm

    Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Lens - USD 829
    50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens - USD 349

    I'll pay the difference immediately!

  • Ben

    July 17, 2009 01:30 pm

    2- 580EXII= 738.98
    1-24x24 Inches Ezybox Hot Shoe Kit with Bracket= 235.89
    2- Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce for the Canon = 19.38
    1 pack Sony Stamina Platinum Alkaline AA Batteries= 5.07

    Grand total = $999.32

  • Scott

    July 17, 2009 01:14 pm

    A replacement SB600 Nikon flash. I just dropped mine and it stopped working :(

  • Jamesc359

    July 17, 2009 01:04 pm

    Just a Nikon D90 - the rest I'd spend on a remote and a memory card. Naturally I'd pay for a lens (50mm prime?) out of my own pocket.

  • EnglishTeacher

    July 17, 2009 01:01 pm

    No doubt. I would opt for the Nikon D90 body unless a higher model could be bought for 1000.00. With whatever was left over, I would shop for accessories, lenses, etc.

  • Old Market Photo - Rick

    July 17, 2009 12:56 pm

    $ 899.95 - Canon Macro Photo MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Manual Focus Lens for EOS
    $ 89.99 - Gitzo GC-2100 Padded Tripod Bag

  • Dustin

    July 17, 2009 12:51 pm

    If I had $1000 right now, it would more than likely go to a Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80 lens and a decent flash. I got the long end covered as far as lenses go, but no decent wide angle and no flash.

  • Aivoree

    July 17, 2009 12:50 pm

    What to buy? Since I do not have a camera yet, I am going to buy a starter dslr. I am planning to get Canon 1000d and I am still saving for one and with the state I am in, I can get one after 4 months. But if I have $1000 I'll buy the Canon 5D and some more accessories I need, like tripod, camera bag (I am thinking of the Crumpler ones) and memory cards.

  • Samantha Decker

    July 17, 2009 12:31 pm

    $479 - Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Lens for Minolta and Sony Digital SLR Cameras
    $18 - Giottos Rocket-Air Blower Professional AA1900 Large + Lenspen Lens Pen Cleaning System (Boring, but I need it)
    $20 - David Busch's Sony Alpha DSLR-A350/A300/A200 Guide
    $242 - Sony HVL-F36AM High-Power Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
    $35 - The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally
    $35 - Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Filter Kit
    $32 - Tiffen 55mm Color Graduated Neutral Density 0.6 Filter

    Can I use the remaining $140 to buy myself a plane ticket to somewhere nice to use all this stuff? ;-)

  • ZeGerman

    July 17, 2009 12:13 pm

    Definitely the Nikkor 10-24mm AF-S ultra-wide zoom, which despite the fact that it is intended to be used with crop sensor cameras, at $825.00, it costs more than I paid for my Nikon D40x with two lenses (new). The remaining $175 would be used for a nice Hoya circular polarizer.

  • Dave

    July 17, 2009 11:43 am

    Let me tell you its not the camera that makes a good Photograph its the eye of the person behind what ever device you use and know how to use. My old manual Pentax K-1000 could dance around many with all the fancy gadgets and gizmos.

    My wish list would to upgrade from my D-40 but with this economy I will just make due.

  • Travel photos

    July 17, 2009 11:41 am

    Canon EF-S 10-22mm ($615) - great wide lens
    Tamron AF 18-250mm ($329) - need universal and lens for everyday use and travel.

  • sharon

    July 17, 2009 11:33 am

    I would get an Olympus E30 camera. Last time I check it was $949 in the cart.

  • Micah

    July 17, 2009 11:27 am

    Olympus Zuiko E 12-60mm f2.8/4.0 SWD will take care of that $1000.00

  • rian

    July 17, 2009 11:23 am

    i'm pretty much a canon guy and am just recently salivating for a sigma 150mm macro, but let's say someone would give me $1000, i'd get the Olympus Pen.. that thing is sexy! :D

  • gretchen

    July 17, 2009 11:17 am

    I'd get a really nice light weight tripod that folds up small. I think Gitzo has one for around $700. I'd use the balance on a couple of UDMA memory cards for my 5D Mark II

  • Katie

    July 17, 2009 11:07 am

    My current list of coveted items:

    Sony's HVL-F58M Flash ($500) because I'd love to do more with light, and NOT the on board flash
    Lensbaby for Sony mount camera ($266) because it's artistic and I love the shots from it
    Sony 50mm 1.8/f ($150) because while my old skool Carl Zeiss 50mm is great, it's not automatic. There are times I wish it was.
    WR-F100 Wireless Remote Control (Sony) ($80) because it would be SO NICE to have one of these!

  • Julie

    July 17, 2009 11:02 am

    Olympus HLD-4 Grip for E-30 SLR Cameras with (2) Replacement BLM-1 Rechargeable Battery $189.95
    Hot Shoe Cable (FL-CB02) $50.96
    Flash Bracket (FL-BK01) $50.34
    Olympus CS7-SH Semi-hard Fitted Case for the E-3 Digital SLR Camera with Either the 14 - 54mm, 11 - 22mm or 12 - 60mm Lens $44.18
    Olympus FL-50R Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras $599.99

    Oh my - that was fun!!

  • Pentaxfan

    July 17, 2009 10:58 am

    I would go for the studio setup, umbrellas, flashes, strobes, pocket wizard setup, Hmm, any money left? I would definitely go for the lensbaby gear too. How about some nice paper and a real nice filter set. That probably goes over budget but you asked!!!

  • Devank

    July 17, 2009 10:54 am

    Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash $369
    Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control $134
    Manfrotto 595B Fig Rig $299
    Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone $199

  • Joe

    July 17, 2009 10:38 am

    I'd buy about 20 minolta 50mm f1.7 primes

  • Chris Honiball

    July 17, 2009 10:30 am

    A sigma 30mm 1.4 hsm (canon mount) and probably a canon 100mm 2.,8 macro.

    But $1000 is oh so very limiting :P

  • Isaac Yassar

    July 17, 2009 10:04 am

    I'll look around the shop, ask a few question about the products, and say "OK, I'll think about it first.." then leave the shop. $1000 for me, oh yeah! LOL

  • jimmy vo

    July 17, 2009 10:00 am

    refurbished nikon d90
    nikon 50mm f/1.8 af lens

  • philman

    July 17, 2009 09:49 am

    I've Assumed this is $1,000 U.S. ...

    Sigma 17-70mm MACRO Lens [$415] - because my old 28mm-90mm is OLD
    Wheel-able hard case eg Storm Case iM2500 [$175] - because my gear needs protecting
    Flashwave 1 x Tx & 2 x Rx's [$325] - because I like them!
    Eye-fi card [$ remainder] - because I'm really, really curious about this product

  • bill lewis

    July 17, 2009 09:48 am

    I would buy a flash unit, an Led on camer light and a bracket

  • Gary

    July 17, 2009 09:36 am

    canon eos 50D

  • Max Wilbert

    July 17, 2009 09:23 am

    I would get nothing. The photographer makes great pictures, not the gear. Much of photography gear is incredibly detrimental to the earth when it is produced, so I would choose to make do with what I have.

  • groovyrogue

    July 17, 2009 09:11 am

    I'd get a 5D Mk II body and put the balance on my credit card.

  • Roger Aylstock

    July 17, 2009 09:07 am

    I would sell my Canon 70-200 f4.0 zoom and then have about $1500 to spend on a Canon 70-200 2.8 IS lens!

  • Gregg

    July 17, 2009 09:02 am

    Gitzo GT3541XLS $824.90
    Acratech Leveling Base $149.95
    Adorama Double Bubble Level $9.95
    LensPEN (x2) $4.02
    Spudz Microfiber Cloth 6x6 (x2) $10.58

    Sturdy, level, and clean with $.60 left over...

  • Pegasus

    July 17, 2009 08:56 am

    Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 Zuiko Lens for E Series DSLR Cameras (I really want a faster all-purpose lens to replace my two kit lenses) Lugging two bodies around so I don't have to change out lenses is getting old. I also want to get rid of some of the shutter delay in lighting-challenged situations.
    Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Telephoto Macro ED Lens for E1, E300 & E500 Digital SLR Cameras (for those close-ups)
    CowboyStudio 2 Flash Strobe Studio Lighting Kit with Stands, Umbrella, Wireless Trigger and Receiver (because I'd like to train to take proper portraits and the money saved by taking portraits of my grandchildren alone will be worth it!)

  • Barbara

    July 17, 2009 08:55 am

    This is fun -
    Sekonic L-308 light meter
    Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens

    Then I'd need to be walking past the Apple store and have the guy offer me $2000 so I can get a MacBook Pro!

  • hagen

    July 17, 2009 08:45 am

    580 EX II, Macro flash sand sigma 10-22.

  • Bostjan B.

    July 17, 2009 08:36 am

    Well, my wishes are a bit over this margin, but since 1000 $ is a Q, I'd probably get myself a used Nikkor 85mm/1.4 or mayjbe a 16mm /2.8 fisheye.

  • Todd

    July 17, 2009 08:22 am

    Two Nikon SB900 flashes and a couple of cheap stands. I already have some alien bees that I love but the 900's would be great for travel and small studio sets.

  • Marcus

    July 17, 2009 08:18 am

    The DigiBee package with one B400 and one B800 as well as a Vagabond portable power kit.

    DigiBee basic package $600 (add $55 for the upgarded B800 on one of the lights)
    Vagabond portable power kit $300

    ~$955 total

  • Gracks Kitchen

    July 17, 2009 08:18 am

    Lens cleaner and sensor swabs. Lots and lots of lens cleaner and sensor swabs.... {^>

  • Sarah

    July 17, 2009 08:18 am

    I'd get a telescope and astrophotography accessories. I'd upgrade from my D40 to a Nikon D5000. I'd get a better tripod than I have now, a 400mm lens and a photographers' backpack.

  • eddy

    July 17, 2009 08:09 am

    i would go for the pentax DA*50-135mm f/2.8 SDM and spending the whole 1000 bucks for one lens.

  • Matt

    July 17, 2009 07:58 am

    Canon Powershot G10 - $470
    Canon WP-DC28 Waterproof Case for Canon PowerShot G10 - $168
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - $106
    Cowboystudio WR-A100 Wireless Remote Control - $65
    Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Sling Strap - $70
    ExpoCap 52mm Digital Custom White Balance Cap - $45
    Manfrotto 486RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Rapid Connect System - $75

    or shine all that and just a Canon 50D body.

  • Saivor

    July 17, 2009 07:52 am

    1.- Canon 580EXII flash
    2.-Polarizer and UV filters for all lenses (2 lenses)
    3.-Remote shutter
    4.-Good Manfroto tripod for home use
    5.-Good and light tripod for travel
    6.-if some $$$ left a memory card

  • Elizabeth

    July 17, 2009 07:50 am

    Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 - I 'd be half way there!!
    or Nikon 50mm f/1.4

  • Christoph Spiegl

    July 17, 2009 07:49 am

    I would choose to buy the Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 plus the Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 cause I am currently looking at them to buy! (Currently I own the Canon EOS 30D + 18-55mm kit + 55-200mm Sigma + Canon EF 50mm F/1.8)

    I am looking at getting better quality and to focus on the most important (not the zoom! rather than the content)

  • michael

    July 17, 2009 07:46 am

    Manfrotto tripod with mini ball head: $170
    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G $375
    B & W 52mm UV filter: $72

    And with the leftover money, I'd buy myself a backup camera:
    Canon Powershot SX10IS : $360

    $977 total

    Oh well, I can dream. :)

  • AlainP

    July 17, 2009 07:43 am

    Steadicam Merlin most probably for my 5DMrkII.

    Unfortunately, there is not a lot of good glasses under 1k$ that I down already own so I guess I would go for more flashes or a huge battery pack for strobes.

  • Rob

    July 17, 2009 07:40 am

    Coin toss between a fast wide-angle zoom (I'll make up the extra over the grand), or 31 and 77 Limited primes.

    Or a strobist starter kit.

    Or a K-7...

    Hey, can we get some desirable new stuff, flog it off on ebay, and then get a veritable haul of used gear with the proceeds?

  • photo568

    July 17, 2009 07:34 am

    What is $1000 in Great British pounds?
    I live in the UK.

  • Mark Jaquith

    July 17, 2009 07:11 am

    $500 - Nikon TC-17E II (1.7x) Teleconverter

    I have a D700 and the f/2.8 70-200 VR lens. This would give me up to 340mm of reach for less money and weight than another lens.

    $469 - Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

    I have the older "D" version. I want this version because it allows for focus override even in autofocus mode---you don't have to switch to manual mode. Also, the front doesn't move, so it should be durable. I'd sell my "D" version.

  • Steve Mermelstein

    July 17, 2009 07:10 am

    As many items $1000 will get me from my Amazon wishlist. Hint: it wouldn't be many items.

  • Vivek

    July 17, 2009 07:03 am

    Nikkor 18-200 VR lens (700$)
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D AF lens (140$)
    A nice LowePro Camera backpag (160$)

  • Brian Dominguez

    July 17, 2009 07:02 am

    I guess since I read the instructions after I posted my comment Ill give the answer to the best of my ability now, Nikon D5000 18-55 kit and an SB 600 flash is all I could get with $1000

  • Greg Munroe

    July 17, 2009 06:57 am

    pocket wizards

  • Brian Dominguez

    July 17, 2009 06:52 am

    I would just get the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM ($999) for my Canon crop camera since I need a long lens and the L glass is too far outside my financial reach and the focal lengths here are awesome for the price.

  • Bran Everseeking

    July 17, 2009 06:50 am

    the pentax w 80 p&s and the Pentax smc DA* 55mm F/1.4 SDM

  • Dugan O'Douglas

    July 17, 2009 06:48 am

    The Digi Bee $599.03 + B1600- star white (x2) for $270.0
    CyberSync™ CST 59.95
    CyberSync CSRB 69.95
    I would choose the Cyber Commander and two CyberSync CSRBs but that puts me over budget.

  • Hans

    July 17, 2009 06:42 am

    By the way, would it be only one item, then this would be it , definitely:
    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-70-200mm-Lens-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000I1X3W8/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1247776859&sr=1-26

    I 'd misread the question, thinking I had to choose body, lense and flash for a total. :D

  • Hans

    July 17, 2009 06:39 am

    EOS 1000 D - 350
    70-200 F/4 USM - 550
    Speedlite 270 EX - 125

    When it comes to a tight budget I would choose glass over body.
    The speedlite is a decent flash for close-up use and the 70-200
    gives good clarity and ok indoors performance.
    At least the better performance for its price.

    For an extra few hundred I'd take the 40D and a 580EX II flash.
    For an extra few thousand I'd replace my medium format with this:
    http://www.fotokonijnenberg.nl/product/1333283/mamiya_645_af-d_iii___zd_back.html

  • Arul

    July 17, 2009 06:37 am

    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (709.00)
    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Digital SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR Cameras (389.95)

  • Deborah

    July 17, 2009 06:30 am

    1. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion- Ben Long $16.49
    2. Canon LP-E5 Battery Pack for Canon Digital Rebel XS & XSi Digital SLR Camera- $49.80
    3. Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras + Photographic Accessory Kit- $54.95
    4. Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1 for Digital Rebel- $22.36
    5. Transcend 8 GB SDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6- $18.89
    6. Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter-$6.75
    7. Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens- $809.95
    8. Lenmar DLCE5 Lithium Ion Replacement Battery for Canon LP-E5 - $20.37

    subtotal = $996.50

  • Jeffrey Kontur

    July 17, 2009 06:27 am

    $599 - Olympus E520 camera body
    $349 - 50mm f2 macro

  • Teach_J

    July 17, 2009 06:25 am

    I shoot a lot of high school sports with a setup almost exactly like this.

    $640 - Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)
    $30 - (x3 $10 ea.) SanDisk SDSDB-4096-A11 4GB SDHC Memory Card (Blue)
    $23 - Transcend 8 GB SDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card with Card Reader TS8GSDHC6-S5W
    $183 - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
    $70 - Lowepro SlingShot 100 All-Weather Digital Camera Backpack (Black)
    $50 - Canon LP-E5 Battery Pack for Canon Digital Rebel XS & XSi Digital SLR Camera

  • Tomi

    July 17, 2009 06:14 am

    The challenge is just in time... almost...; only a couple of days ago I've upgraded to Nikon D90 with the Nikon 18-105mm VR kit lens, Nikon SB-600 flash, and a LOWEPRO bag for the stuff. With some unexpected $1000 I would add the 70-200mm and a 50mm lens, and also the Nikon SU-800 Remote Controller (i.e.Wireless Flash Control).

  • John

    July 17, 2009 06:11 am

    Canon 50mm 1.2 L lens, and simply regard the 1 grand gift as a substantial discount!

  • Fernando

    July 17, 2009 06:09 am

    Well I would love some new quality glass, but $1000 just isent enough for that, so Id have to go with some other items I am still missing and working on getting into my arsenal..
    A Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro, and a set of pocket wizards (receiver and transmitter) would use up that $1000 im sure.
    A man can dream.......

  • Tom Burtchaell

    July 17, 2009 06:06 am

    Id get a nikon 85mm f 1.4 lens always wanted one but something else always seems to eat the budget.

  • Nathalie

    July 17, 2009 05:52 am

    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens ($709 on Amazon right now)
    Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip ($157 on Amazon)
    Hmmm....$134 left over....

    I guess I could stock up on rechargeable batteries, a reflective umbrella, and some books.

  • Sarah K

    July 17, 2009 05:49 am

    Canon 85mm 1.8 - $380
    Canon 20mm 2.8 - $440
    Couple of filters to make up the rest

  • Gary Denness

    July 17, 2009 05:43 am

    The new Olympus EP-1 with a flash, bag and any other accessories I can get with the change.

  • sandy j

    July 17, 2009 05:42 am

    Nikkor 50mm f1.2

  • andrew

    July 17, 2009 05:38 am

    Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM - $401.05 - I need a good low light lens and the 1.2 was $1,500.
    Canon EF 70-200MM F/4 L USM - $625 - I want to get into aerial photography from hot air balloons.
    I am sure I could talk them into a discount to get under the $1000 ceiling

  • Tom McElvy

    July 17, 2009 05:37 am

    I would take the $1000 and add a wee bit to it, and pick up a Canon 24-105mm f/4 EF-IS/L lens. Been wanting that for years!

  • Missy

    July 17, 2009 05:36 am

    Canon EOS Rebel T1i

    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

    then however many SD cards I could get with whats left

  • Gita

    July 17, 2009 05:36 am

    I would put it towards a new Canon 50D; I am saving my pennies for it - hopefully by summers end. LUCKY ME!!!

  • thehalfshow

    July 17, 2009 05:35 am

    I would get the "5D Mark II" and pay the difference, hands down!!! ; )

  • Heidi

    July 17, 2009 05:33 am

    Probably the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro, which would cost me $479, and the Sigma EF 530 Super Flash ($239). I'm then left with $282, which I'd save to spend on the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 ($419). :-) All for my Canon 40D body. But, as someone said in a previous comment - why don't let us spend the $10.000, or at least $5000... Much more fun! And not very difficult to spend either...

  • Raymond

    July 17, 2009 05:22 am

    Canon MPE-65 Macro lens and a good macro/ring light

    Or as many pocket wizards as I could!

  • matejMM

    July 17, 2009 05:18 am

    1. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon SLR (500$)
    2. Lensbaby Muse Special Effects SLR Lens, with Double Glass Optic - for Canon EF Mount (150$)
    3. Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter (200$)
    4. Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 (140$)
    5. Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce for the Canon 580EX Flash (10$)

    = total 1.000$

  • Sally

    July 17, 2009 05:15 am

    With what I already have? I'd go for some lighting and a fish-eye lens. And if I'd have something left over I'd go for some more background. Like maybe another pop up one that reverses from black to white.

  • Matt

    July 17, 2009 05:14 am

    Nikon 105 2.8 VR lens

  • marcus

    July 17, 2009 05:14 am

    I'd have to say the Elinchrom 400Ws D-Lite Set and Either a set of pocket wizards or the Elinchrom Skyport Triggers.

  • Patryk

    July 17, 2009 05:12 am

    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

  • barbara

    July 17, 2009 05:07 am

    I would use it as a down payment on a Canon 5D

  • Nikki

    July 17, 2009 05:06 am

    $370 Canon 580EX II
    $240 Canon 480EX II
    $160 Canon BG E2N Battery Grip
    $ 80 Wireless Remote WR A100

    Remaining $150 on lighting equipment, software (Lightroom) an/or lens hoods.

  • Silverzz

    July 17, 2009 04:57 am

    I would probably get a reasonabe priced telephoto lens which I would love to own for sporting events... at the moment I really struggle with a 55mm zoom when I'm stood 300 meters away from the action.

    If there was any money left over it would go on some cheap lighting equipment (stand, reflector, umbrella, flash etc) so I could do some experimentation at home.

  • David G. Whitham

    July 17, 2009 04:57 am

    I just had this dilemma, and I chose upgrade my glass instead of my camera body, and purchased the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4.

    This time I would choose to upgrade my D50 to a D90...

  • Ted Hussey

    July 17, 2009 04:51 am

    Easy peasy decision!
    !. Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC (Vibration Compensation) Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras $549.00
    2. Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras $369.99
    3. Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce for the Canon 580EX Flash $9.69
    4. Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1 and 2 (Includes The Digital Photography Book Volume 1 and The Digital Photography Book Volume 2) $29.99
    5. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes (Voices That Matter) $26.39
    Grand total: $986.05 I hope ther's no tax to be paid cause that's an extra $70 bucks here in New Jersey, USA

  • Mike Hamann

    July 17, 2009 04:48 am

    D90 body

  • approximate

    July 17, 2009 04:38 am

    Nikon 10-24mm lens $809.88
    Anything left over would go toward a decent tripod. Mine's such a horrible piece of rubbish, but it was all that I could afford.

  • Scott

    July 17, 2009 04:33 am

    I would get two more Nikon SB-900 speedlights.

  • Anthony

    July 17, 2009 04:29 am

    I would love to start getting into some flash or stobe photography as well as i want a faster lens for low light situations i have come across that don't require a zoom lens.

    $132.57 - Lens - Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF

    $461.95 - Flash - Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight

    $218.95 - Flash -Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

    $59.99 - Ring Light Adapter - Coco Ring Flash Adapter for Nikon SB-900

    $22.82 - Gels - Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set

    $81.49 - Strobe Kit - DMKFoto 2 Strobe Kit

    $21.59 - Battery Charger - Sony Quick Battery Charger
    _______
    $999.36 ...

    I still have 64 cents left... i guess i could save it for the next spending spree or buy some gum to chew on while i take lots and lots more photos!

  • Rick

    July 17, 2009 04:26 am

    Well....much to my wifes dismay I have purchased most of what I believe I need. But, I could go for the Sigma f2.8 70-200. Then i would sell my Canon f4 70-200 and put the $$ towards a 100-400.

  • Alaina

    July 17, 2009 04:24 am

    I'd probably pick up the Canon 85mm f1.8 lens, 100mm macro lens, and the macro ring light. Probably went over. That's not much money since I have lenses over $1k.

  • Pranab Jyoti Goswami

    July 17, 2009 04:23 am

    I am having Nikon D5000 with 2 Kit lens, & 8GB Memory card

    Now I will buy the following item with that gift money ($1000)

    01 - Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight Flash + 8 Batteries & Charger + Flash Bounce Reflector + Precision
    Design i-TTL Flash Cord + Stroboframe 350 : $362.48
    02 - Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras
    : $15.5
    03 - Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras : $383.51
    04 - Nikon Cleaning Combo Kit: Nikon 3-Piece Lens Cleaning Kit + Spudz Microfiber Cloth + Lens Pen + Air
    Blower - for Nikon : $24.95
    05 - Opteka HD² 0.20X Professional Super AF Fisheye Lens for Nikon : $59.95
    06 - Nikon Coolpix P5000 3 Piece Lens Filter Kit (Includes Lens Adapter) : $49.00
    07 - Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter : $6.31
    08 - Nikon En-EL9a Rechargeable... ~ Nikon : $50.46
    09 - Nikon D5000 Digital Field... ~ J. Dennis Thomas (Paperback) : $13.59
    10 - David Busch?s Nikon D5000... ~ David D. Busch (Paperback) : $19.79

    All total $985.54 (unable to spent 14.46)

  • Dinuraj

    July 17, 2009 04:14 am

    A Canon 17-55 2.8 IS lens.

  • Brandy Robinson

    July 17, 2009 04:14 am

    I would buy:
    1. canon deluxe photo backpack 200 EG $42
    2. canon 35 mm f/1.8 $350
    3. tamron AF 28-70 f/2.8 $390.00
    4. 2- 4GB memory cards $110
    5. 2 extra batteries, 1 extra charger $30
    6. spend remaining money on ilford film for my holga- just for fun

  • Eric

    July 17, 2009 04:08 am

    The longest Nikon lens the $1000.00 would allow. Probably even a used one if guaranteed quality is there. I have a D300 with the 18-200, the 60 and 105 macros, 11-16 tokina, and a good speedlight. So, a good quality long lens that I can add a teleconverter to would complete my lens package.

  • Spica

    July 17, 2009 04:02 am

    I'm afraid that would not be enough for me... Or maybe I'd take the Pentax K20D (I guess it's less than $1000 now, right ?) if I really had to stick to that amount.

  • Kris Stone

    July 17, 2009 04:01 am

    A new lens that would not give me problems. I am thinking an 18-70mm that has the nice qualities of my 50mm. My current lens is making me cry. I would also get a ring flash or Lightroom.

  • Julia Wade

    July 17, 2009 03:59 am

    Canon 15mm Fisheye f/2.8
    Pocket Wizards ... Flex and the Mini

    Droooooooooooooooooooling over so much! Only $1,000??!? :)

  • Darrin Pilkington

    July 17, 2009 03:55 am

    Ah ha. Free money to play with. Wooohaaa haaaa.
    Um, Sorry. OK
    Sanyo Xacti HD 2000 (I have the Canon 30D so this adds HD video to the arsenal. And it takes 8mp stills) $699.95
    Sanyo DB-L50AU Lithium-Ion Battery for HD1000 Camcorder (Always carry extra Batteries) $45.08
    SanDisk Ultra II 16 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDRH-016G-A11(Always carry extra Cards) $40.99
    Manfrotto 585 ModoSteady 3-in-1 Camera/Camcorder Stabilizer and Support System (Support that camera) $99.90
    Canon - Lens - 50 mm - f/1.8 II - Canon EF (Gotta get something for the 30D) $108.95
    Carson SN-50 Stuff It Microfiber Lens Cloth with Protective Pouch, Blue (Keep that lens clean) $2.15
    LensPEN Lens Cleaning System (These are life savers for dust) $2.01
    Vanguard VS41 Flexible MiniTripod (Table top stability) $0.83

    Leaving a grand total of $.13 cents left over. Keep the change.

  • Poagao

    July 17, 2009 03:55 am

    Probably an Olympus EP-1 to play around with.

  • Patrick

    July 17, 2009 03:54 am

    With $1000, I'd build a beginning strobist kit. All prices per Amazon.com.

    $369.99 - FLASH: Canon 580EX II
    $239.00 - FLASH: Canon 430EX II Flash
    $220.00 - Off-camera flash trigger: Canon STE2 Speedlite Transmitter
    $119.90 - 2 Lightstands: Manfroto 6-foot nano stand ($59.95 each)
    $19.50 - Shoot-Through Umbrella: Westcott 43" Optical White Satin Collapsible
    $16.25 - Umbrella Adapter - Adorama Universal Swivel Holder #4117
    ___________
    $984.64 - Total

  • Slick Rick

    July 17, 2009 03:52 am

    Tokina 11-16 f2.8 DX Pro
    Battery Grip for a D300

    If the Grip is too much then I would get odds and ends I needed like some cleaning supplies,
    filters, etc.

    ./r

  • Amie

    July 17, 2009 03:50 am

    Nikon 50 mm AF 1.4 Nikkor lens and a probably a teleconverter. I have 3 baseball players. I'd love to get tight shots of them without them noticing.

  • ejej

    July 17, 2009 03:46 am

    Tokina 11-16 f2.8 !!! Of course it wouldn't be in stock though.... :(

  • Margaret

    July 17, 2009 03:44 am

    I'd add $800 to the thousand and get the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, VR lens.

  • bobbyd

    July 17, 2009 03:42 am

    A good deal is the nikon coolpix p90, I was able to get the camera,camera case, and tripod for under $600. It takes some great photos and as you learn more about photography the camera is able to grow with you. Do a little research and you may find that this camera is what you need.

  • Melissa

    July 17, 2009 03:41 am

    I'd get a Canon Rebel and a portable memory card backup device. And kiss the guy's feet!

  • Anita

    July 17, 2009 03:40 am

    Hard to decide, since I've just dropped a lot of money on some new lenses (Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L and Canon 50mm f/1.4) and a flash (Canon Speedlite 430EXII), plus a better tripod for good measure... but if pressed I guess I'd get the Canon 580EX flash, a pocket wizard and a tripod bag/strap.

  • Ste_95

    July 17, 2009 03:38 am

    I would buy this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-70-300mm-4-5-6-Lens-Cameras/dp/B0007Y794O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1247765770&sr=1-3

    an external flash and a remote shutter.

  • Daniel

    July 17, 2009 03:38 am

    A Nikon SB-900 and two SB-600 so i can go complete CLS :)

  • beverlykaytw

    July 17, 2009 03:35 am

    I just bought the Canon 70-200 f/4 IS for $25 over the limit. Next up I need a more solid tripod to hold the now heavier gear :-) I'm also thinking the canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro as next lens purchase (bound to be a long time for now as no one is handing me $1000!). I also really liked the looks of this sling bag thing Shootsac Neoprene lens carrier thing - I'm wondering if I can cut up my son's outgrown wetsuit and make one of these myself. They have them at Amazon but I don't know who to make a link. Way cool but for me strictly a discretionary item. I'd also buy a stand for the flash and an umbrella. Need a real camera bag too.

  • josh

    July 17, 2009 03:35 am

    I would pick up a Nikon D90 body ($900ish) to replace my D60. Trade in the D60 for a SB-600 Speedlight ($220ish). If there is anything left over after taxes, BlackRapid RS-1 Camera Sling Strap ($70)

  • Mike

    July 17, 2009 03:34 am

    a macro lens
    2 speed lights
    memory upgrade
    if any left over a point and shot for the wife

  • Gigisxm

    July 17, 2009 03:33 am

    Lowerpro backpack
    Extra batteries
    Extra charger
    a good tripod
    external Flash
    70-300mm lens
    Tamron SP AF 2x Pro Teleconverter
    a couple more memory cards

  • Josh

    July 17, 2009 03:33 am

    Hmm that's a tough decision. I've had my eye on these lenses for a while now. I'd probably go with the zoom since I'd get more use out of it.

    Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

    Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye Nikkor Lens

  • C-Da

    July 17, 2009 03:25 am

    Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor Lens $269.95
    Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G $389.00
    BENRO C-198M8 Carbon Tripod $299.00
    Rest of the money would be spent on a polarising & UV filters for my lenses

  • John Flinchbaugh

    July 17, 2009 03:24 am

    Small stuff:
    Tamron 17-50 or 28-75 f/2.8 lens with nikon motor ($450ish)
    Westcott 28" Apollo softbox ($125ish)
    8-foot light stand ($30ish)
    150ws monolight ($120ish)
    Decent tripod and ball head ($150)
    Lensbaby 2 ($80)

  • NormalEyes

    July 17, 2009 03:24 am

    I would buy:
    Epson R1900 photo printer
    Quad Tone RIP and ink for printing B&W with the above printer
    Wide angle attachment for my Panasonic FZ30
    A good photo backpack

    I would spend the rest of the money on equipment for my son, the budding Ansel Adams.

  • C-Da

    July 17, 2009 03:24 am

    Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor Lens $269.95
    Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G $389.00
    BENRO C-198M8 Carbon Tripod $299.00
    Resto f the money would be spent on a polarising & UV filters for my lenses

  • Angela

    July 17, 2009 03:22 am

    Hands down, the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8

    I rented it for a wedding I had back in May and it is an amazing lens.

    $1,800, which is obviously over $1,000 but totally worth every dime you spend.

  • Matthew Dinkel

    July 17, 2009 03:22 am

    I'd take the 40 bucks I was going to spend on lunch and buy the Canon 135 f/2.0 L USM :-)

  • Liz

    July 17, 2009 03:19 am

    1) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM AutoFocus Standard Lens for Olympus (the best approximation of a 50mm prime for the 4/3 system)- $439
    2) new crumpler camera bag large enough to hold my camera and new lenses I've acquired - $74.50

    after that, it would probably be a tossup between a macro lens (between $400-$500) or a flash...I'd probably go for the macro, since I theoretically have only an hour and no idea what I'd want in a flash, having not considered it!

  • Janet Wells Brown

    July 17, 2009 03:18 am

    If someone handed me $1000 (I love this question) and I had to spend it on camera equipment RIGHT NOW, I would buy a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens. With the balance of $400 I would spend the rest on a better tripod or a camera bag.

  • kb

    July 17, 2009 03:18 am

    Why am I seeing everybody wishing to buy the T1i kit? I am a newbie and bought the XSi.......did I make a mistake? btw...I would buy a Cannon 60mm 2.8 macro and a 24mm 2.8 wide angle.

  • Marcy

    July 17, 2009 03:17 am

    Hmmm I'd have to start off with a tripod, since I don't have one yet. Then I'd snatch up a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. If I had any left over, I'd look at upgrading to the 50mm f/1.4...

  • bucketheadphoto

    July 17, 2009 03:16 am

    Olympus E-30 camera body.

    Dwayne

  • MariaV

    July 17, 2009 03:14 am

    I would go for:
    1. Sigma Wide Angle 28mm f/1.8 - $380
    2. Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash - $200.00
    3. Phoenix 650-1300mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens with 2x Teleconverter (=650-2600mm) + Stedi-Stock Shoulder Brace Kit - $280.

  • Chris

    July 17, 2009 03:14 am

    Hmm. A Sony A700 and HVL36 flash gun!

  • john

    July 17, 2009 03:13 am

    i would get myself a 580ex flash, because i need a external flash i dont have one
    i would get some reflectors need them badly
    a diffuser for the 580ex
    and new faster memory cards for my camera
    a better camera bag
    and if there is anything left i would put it towards a 85mm prime lens

  • Melanie

    July 17, 2009 03:13 am

    I wouldn't even need $1000- I'd get the 50mm f/1.4 and the SB 600 flash for my Nikon.

  • Chris Callanan

    July 17, 2009 03:12 am

    Pentax DA* 60-250mm/4 or a the Pentax FA 77mm/1.8 Limited Can't say for sure :)

  • Kelly

    July 17, 2009 03:11 am

    I recently had $1000 to purchase a camera for work and I got the Cannon Rebel T1i. It is an awesome camera. It has a good weight, the modes are very helpful and fairly easy to learn (I took some amazing shots right out of the box!), and the pics are easy to upload.

  • Carol

    July 17, 2009 03:10 am

    Canon Digital Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) + Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens + Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro Lens for Canon EOS + Spare LP-E5 Battery + 8GB Card + Gadget Bag
    I've been eying this baby for a year. Unfortunately, due to unemployment, I'm still drooling. Also some filters 'cause the light at 6,600 just wipes out all the beautiful color. Currently have a Kodak z730 which takes pretty good pictures but just not what I want for long term.

  • Michael Holdman

    July 17, 2009 03:09 am

    I love my Olympus E-510 - and the following would absolutely be invaluable to my helping me succeesd to be a top amature:

    Olympus FL-50R Flash $406.60
    Opteka Wirelss Trigger $34.95
    Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm lens $323.99
    Olympus Zuiko 25mm pankack lens $200

    My passion for photography is only surpassed by price tag much of the equipment I long to own costs!!! I budget myself and save at any opportunity but life always finds a way to re-set my priorities! I would certainly be prepared if this hypothetical were to happen to me.

  • Casey Raymer

    July 17, 2009 03:09 am

    Well, since I am starting out with a Sony SSC-H2, to jump over to professional and start my photo business I would buy:

    Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) $639.69
    Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras $216.
    Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter $6.75
    Canon Deluxe 200 Tripod $39.72
    Then get things as I go.

    This is all on my wish list possibly for next tax season if no emergencies arise like this last year.

  • Steve

    July 17, 2009 03:01 am

    A Canon 100-400mm L IS (might have to settle for a used one at that price, though I'd happily make up the extra for a new one)

    Failing that a 24-105mm L IS

    Steve

  • Jonathan Taylor

    July 17, 2009 03:01 am

    Either the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC SLD ELD Aspherical Macro Lens or the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens.

  • John Flinchbaugh

    July 17, 2009 03:00 am

    I've been wanting to get my hands on the extremes. I think a Sigma 50-500 APO HSM ("Bigma") almost fits within the $1000 limit.

  • Zack Jones

    July 17, 2009 02:59 am

    The lens I really want EF-135 f/2L is over the $1000 cap so I'd settle for the EF70-200 f/4L for $625.

  • nkphotodesign

    July 17, 2009 02:56 am

    only $1000? I could almost buy the canon 24-70L f2.8 with $1000, or it could go toward the Canon 70-200L f2.8, or the Canon 5D markII... I might buy another 580EXII, a shootsac, some more memory cards and batteries and giant battery charger.

  • socratix

    July 17, 2009 02:55 am

    My list for my Nikon D90:

    1. Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 - if anyone would actually carry it at retail price.
    2. Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye
    3. DxO to straighten out fisheye
    4. 50mm f/1.4
    5. SB600 flash

    If this crosses the budget, I would sell my 50mm f1.8 to get the 50mm f1.4

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    July 17, 2009 02:54 am

    I just (as in, yesterday) bought the Epson P-7000 ($750) for back up and photo viewing on the fly for work (but will also come in handy on my trip to Ireland in August - wink!)... I ended up with that model after a friend pointed me to Scott Kelby's reviews (and a bunch of internet searching, ha).

  • 0rovert

    July 17, 2009 02:50 am

    This is the type of dream where you wake up and run excitedly to your equipment only to be disappointed when your new, shiny goodies aren't there.

    Anyways, I'd either get a Canon EF-S 10-22mm or a Canon 580EX II. Plus a few other odds and sods (Filters, hoods, Pocket Wizards, etc.) Oh yeah and a Dairy Milk bar, all good camera shops should carry chocolate!

  • Stunner

    July 17, 2009 02:50 am

    I would get all I need!

    Nikon SU-800 Commander
    HOYA 52MM Circular Polarizing Filter
    Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight Flash
    2 Strobe Kit for Home Studio Complete with Umbrellas and Stands
    Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
    Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control

  • Frank

    July 17, 2009 02:49 am

    4 pocketwizards
    various backdrops
    2 softboxes
    posing table & stool

    i'd certainly be over $1000 with the above list so i'd just have to decide in-store which are the finalists.

  • Anthony

    July 17, 2009 02:48 am

    I am currently shooting a Canon G10, but would jump to a DSLR. Most likely a...

    1. Nikon D5000 Kit ($728.00 )
    2. Nikon 55-200mm ($199.00)

    Total: $927

  • olliegapper

    July 17, 2009 02:46 am

    either:
    2nd hand medium format body w/ 80mm 2.8 or 35mm
    120 fuji velvia

    or

    fair condition leica m(2, 3, 4, 5, 6ttl, 7)
    35 f/0.95
    35mm fuji velvia

  • Anthony

    July 17, 2009 02:45 am

    i would use the money to help fund my purchase of a canon 70-200mm F/4 USM IS and use some of the money that I own to buy a smugmug that features the use of this new lens.

  • ryan

    July 17, 2009 02:45 am

    2 pocketwizards - $338
    I am tired of firing everything with a cord attached and a couple wizards would allow me a little more freedom.
    Pocket Wizard 804-513 N90M3-P Nikon $95
    Don't like the wizards on the hotshoe rather tether it to the tripod.
    Hildozine Remote Transceiver Caddy for Pocket Wizard Units $15
    Not to be out done need to have some way to attach wizard to tripod legs.
    Mb-10 $259
    I have an off brand grip and it just doesn't seem that sturdy. I have heard really good things about the MB-100 and so I would like to upgrade it.
    Nikon GP-1 $210
    I like having my pics geotagged, especially when hiking so I can remember where I took good pictures, if I did take any.
    Although this is about 80 dollars short of a grand. I am fortunate to live in Washington, so I would be hammered with tax, and I am sure some shipping, so I would have to stop there. I liked the question, now if I only had the thousands bucks to do it with. Oh, well that is why we have jobs is to make money to spend on photo equipment.

  • OneRelievedDeity

    July 17, 2009 02:43 am

    Ha,

    This is funny you should ask right now. I cashed in some credit card rewards 2 weeks ago and got $250 in Amazon cash... I have been struggling with what to spend it on for 2 weeks now. The sad thing I am finding is that, once you are into the pro level photo gear, most things are so expensive that $250 doesn't buy much anymore. I guess a thousand bucks would give some more leeway, but still -- 1 semi-decent L lens and poof... money gone... but here goes...

    Coco Ring Flash Adapter for Canon 580EX II Flash - $60 - the rayflash might have better build quality, but at 4x the price, please...
    Canon EF 1.4X II Extender - $290 - the 2x is not worth the extra price, 2 stop loss, loss of autofocus, and sot image...
    PocketWizard PWP-TR 801-125 PLUS II Transceiver X4 - $676 - for a 3 light setup. Could finally get off the Ebay triggers...

    OR...

    Scrap all that and get

    Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - $959

    Just a few things to consider...

  • Ilya

    July 17, 2009 02:40 am

    70-200 4 IS or 135 2.0

  • Keith B

    July 17, 2009 02:38 am

    Adorama.com has a Canon Speedlite kit that has two Canon 580EX flash, and a ST-E2 for $921.60. I'd get that and fill out any remaining with gels and filters

  • dotlizard

    July 17, 2009 02:37 am

    I would get the T1i, a nice case to keep it in, extra battery, extra memory.

    And then I'd probably literally die of happiness, so that would suck :)

  • Mike West

    July 17, 2009 02:34 am

    Canon EF-S 10-22 w/hood ($630) or
    Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro w/ hood ($600), and

    Canon 580 II EX Flash 370

  • Angie Dutton

    July 17, 2009 02:34 am

    18-180 Ultra Zoom Lense for my Olympus E 510.
    Wireless remote.
    Backdrop stand
    Various backdrops
    Strobes
    Umbrellas

    I know I've gone over my $1000. already. I guess I wouldn't buy everything on this list, but this is my wish list, so I'd get as much as I could from this list.

  • Ben Jamieson

    July 17, 2009 02:34 am

    Does it have to be gear?

    If not, I'd spend mine on Zack Arias' OneLight Workshop and flights to get me there.

  • Pavel Sekerka

    July 17, 2009 02:33 am

    Canon EF 70-200/4L IS USM, or Canon EF 17-40/4L USM with some nifty B+W filters with it.

  • cristiano007

    July 17, 2009 02:33 am

    That's exactly what I need right know to start freelancing or weddings and also continue developing my street photography work. I would buy my first DSLR (maybe a Olympus E620), a good flash unit and a pancake lens, that's it.

  • Odyn

    July 17, 2009 02:32 am

    Pentax FA 77 1.8 for me please. If I get some discount I'd take Metz 58-AF1 with it, if not Metz 48-AF1 would have to do (in which case I'd squeeze in a photo backpack).
    So easy to spend $ I don't have :))

  • Amber Flowers

    July 17, 2009 02:32 am

    Wow if only we could be so lucky. I'd most likely upgrade my D40 to a D90, but considering that would put me over the $1000....then I'd get a better macro lens a 10.5mm fisheye lens and more flashes, but only things compatible with the D90 since I'm planning to upgrade anyway.

  • Young Lee

    July 17, 2009 02:31 am

    NIKKOR AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
    and
    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

  • Christina

    July 17, 2009 02:30 am

    Nikon 85mm 1.8
    Tamron 17-50 2.8

  • Memoria

    July 17, 2009 02:28 am

    Canon EOS Rebel T1i kit w/EF-S 18-55mm Lens ($809.95)
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens ($105.98)
    Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG ($42.07)
    Opteka RC-4 Wireless Remote Control for Canon EOS ($9.99)
    2 SanDisk 8 GB SDHC Class 2 Flash Memory Cards ($27.36)

    Total: $995.35 (4.65 remaining)

  • David C. Cooper

    July 17, 2009 02:25 am

    This is relevant to me because I was just confronted with this problem. Although I used Amazon and ebay to maximize my dollars I was limited to $1000 with which I could "upgrade" my old film gear to a new digital SLR kit.

    I ended up with a used Nikon D80 (I love the view through the pentaprism viewfinder) and a voigtlander 58mm 1.4 manual focus lens. The sharpness and bokeh on this lens is incredible.

    The rest of the money was spent on a 4gb hcsd card, a set of ND filters (0.3, 0.6 and 0.9), a circular polarizer, warming and UV filter. I still have about $200 left for a tripod, but I'm tempted to buy the Nikkor 35mm 1.8 DX lens. Except I plan to upgrade to a full frame DSLR as soon as possible so the DX lens would be temporary.

  • Jp

    July 17, 2009 02:24 am

    I'd get a nice rolleiflex- around 600$ with CLA...
    150-200$ worth of film- Ektachrome 100G, Provia 400X and ilford HP5, some other types maybe.
    The rest for an enlarger. Beseler 23 would be good enough.

    If it was 2500$ I'd go run to 'the bay' and get a nice Linhof technika V and some pluses.

  • Ted

    July 17, 2009 02:24 am

    I'd take the chance to upgrade from my trusty Nikon D70 to a D90 body. The D70 has and continues to serve me well but I know sooner or later it will be time to replace it.

  • LadyWild

    July 17, 2009 02:23 am

    I've always loved photography. My husband has just started to show interest. We only have 1 DSLR so I'd have to splurge on the Canon EOS Rebel T1i kit for him. I'd love to be able to go out and shoot together. I'd also get a gorillapod SLR zoom with the compact ball head, and just for fun, I'd get a new camera bag (lowepro fastpack 250).

  • Andres

    July 17, 2009 02:19 am

    AlienBees flash units and modifiers.

  • Major Bokeh

    July 17, 2009 02:19 am

    I'm with Brent. A second Canon 580exII strobe and pocket wizards to run both units remotely.

  • ErickP

    July 17, 2009 02:18 am

    (2) Nikon SB-900 i-TTL Speedlights

  • Kim Siever

    July 17, 2009 02:18 am

    A zoom lens, a tripod, an external flash, and a remote.

  • Vic

    July 17, 2009 02:17 am

    Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens - $949.00
    Manfrotto 6' Retractable 5 Section Lightstand with 5/8" Mounting Stud - $56.50

  • Ricster

    July 17, 2009 02:16 am

    I'd get a 580ex2, 100mm f/2.8 USM and the ever elusive Hoya IR 72 filter.

  • Kyle

    July 17, 2009 02:16 am

    I'd get a 40d body, my 300d was killing me on an engagement shoot i did this week for some friends.

  • staxnet

    July 17, 2009 02:14 am

    Assuming no instant rebates, I'd throw in $40 bucks and walk out with a Canon EF 135mm f.2 L.

  • Simon

    July 17, 2009 02:13 am

    i would get the sigma 70-200 f2.8 and a nikon sb-600. i've been jonesing for some long fast glass, and i would love to have an iTTL flash as well

  • NotYourAvgJoe

    July 17, 2009 02:12 am

    Ok if were dreaming here why cant we have 10 grand in imaginary $$$ !

    But if I can only spend $1000 i would get a Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye lens and donate the rest of the money to charity.

  • SeattleGuy

    July 17, 2009 02:12 am

    What a great idea! 1000 dollars can go pretty quickly tho'.

    If I could kick in the extra 25 dollars then it would be the Canon EF 70-200 F/4 L IS USM.

    If not, it would be the Canon EF 70-200 F/4 L USM and a Canon Speedlite 580EX II.

  • Bryan

    July 17, 2009 02:11 am

    I'll buy another 430 EXII, 580 EXII and a Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 to complete my gear

  • Paul

    July 17, 2009 02:10 am

    I always seem to want more width. So I would purchase 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens which runs for $830 or so. With the rest of the money I would put towards a monopod.

  • Nichole

    July 17, 2009 02:10 am

    Well, let's see:
    1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 ($390.40)
    2. Canon EF-S 55-250mm ($215.00)
    3. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro ($370.00)
    4. Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter ($6.31)
    5. Lens hood for 55-250mm ($12.95)

    Total= $994.66

    It's fun to dream. :)

  • Geir

    July 17, 2009 02:06 am

    It's about time someone brought up something else than the Canikon dominatrix...
    Since the Olympus Zuiko 7-14 still costs too much I would opt for the 11-22 at 645$ and then spend the rest on filters, tripods etc.

  • Erwin

    July 17, 2009 02:05 am

    I'd get:
    Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon SLR Cameras for $659.95
    Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras for $271.82

    That makes me a total of $931.77.

    I'm not thinking about tele lenses since I already have very good ones, or else I would've gotten the Canon 70-200 f/4.

  • Stefanie

    July 17, 2009 02:03 am

    Total newbie:

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens ($133)
    Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens ($479)
    Iomega Prestige 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive ($145)
    Gary Fong C1 Cloud Lightsphere II ($40)
    Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash ($219)

    I went $16 over the limit, but I could just use my debit card to cover the rest :)

  • Alejandro

    July 17, 2009 02:02 am

    It'd probably be either the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro or the EF-S 10-22. And probably a sturdier tripod, as the one I have now is pitifully light.

  • Nick

    July 17, 2009 02:00 am

    I'm torn between two options:

    1) Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8 (850)
    B+W UV filter, 67mm (~32, not the multicoat)
    B+W Circular Polarizer, 67mm (110)
    -->$992

    2) Pentax D-FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro (~618)
    Pentax BG-2 Battery Grip (~132)
    Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Legs (180)
    484RC2 Ballhead (75)
    -->1005 (I'm assuming I have a fiver in my pocket)

  • Hannah

    July 17, 2009 01:59 am

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-24-70mm-2-8L-Standard-Cameras/dp/B00009R6WT/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1247759827&sr=1-6

    I really need a new lens. I just got the Canon 50d and only have the lens that came with it and the 50mm prime. I know it's more than 1,000, but I would be more than willing to split the difference!

  • brent

    July 17, 2009 01:58 am

    New pocket wizards, one of each and a 580ex II

  • mihai

    July 17, 2009 01:58 am

    Tokina AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm Ultra-wide Angle Lens for Nikon
    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

    Both out of stock and both horribly overpriced at third party vendors that still have them.

    I'd fill up the grand with misc filters and accessories.

  • Debbie Perrin

    July 17, 2009 01:57 am

    I would have to pitch in the extra $99. for this, but this is at the top of my list until I purchase it and it comes off!!!!! My absolute pinnacle of my wish list!!!21

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
    Other products by Canon | See collection

    This would be my first "L" series lens, and I can't wait to get it. Saving, but it will take a while!!!!

  • Joe

    July 17, 2009 01:57 am

    Oh, this is easy! It is my current shopping list...

    Canon EOS Rebel T1i kit w/EF-S 18-55mm Lens ($809.95)
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens ($105.98)
    Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras ($42.07)
    Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter ($6.75)
    Opteka RC-4 Wireless Remote Control for Canon EOS ($9.99)
    Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D Digital Field Guide ($13.59)
    Sandisk 4GB Secure Digital SD HC Memory Card ($10.34)

    Total $998.67, with $1.33 left over.

  • Paul

    July 17, 2009 01:56 am

    I have a decent kit already. I would probably look for a used 135mm f/2L or a 70-200 f4/IS.

  • Noel

    July 17, 2009 01:56 am

    Everything I'm after is more than $1000, so would grab anything I could nearest to the $1000 sell it on eBay for cash and then put that towards the 5D MKII ;-)

  • Jaime

    July 17, 2009 01:56 am

    I would do like deirdre and upgrade my Nikon D40 to a D90 and save my D40 for my daughter to learn on. Using my SB600 wirelessly would also be really fun.

  • jwnola

    July 17, 2009 01:56 am

    I have a Nikon D40 but would love to upgrade to the D90. Of course that blows the whole $1k, but I'd also like to get the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8, some new Pocket Wizards (once the Nikon version is released), another SB-600 or two, etc., etc.

  • Jenn Van Wyk

    July 17, 2009 01:55 am

    A Canon 580EX flash ($400), a pocket wizard ($200), and a diffuser... oh and just for fun the
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens ($400).... I'm going to walk by my local camera store today just in case : )

  • Lori

    July 17, 2009 01:54 am

    Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. I have been drooling over it at Amazon.

  • Tim Wood

    July 17, 2009 01:54 am

    I'd ask if i could offer a few more bucks on top and pick up the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and hurt my bank account with a cool $500

  • Liz

    July 17, 2009 01:53 am

    Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR [Vibration Reduction] DX Lens
    Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
    an extra battery or two
    extra memory

    i think that about uses it up!

  • Kevin Halliburton

    July 17, 2009 01:53 am

    I would pick up a Vagabond II battery pack, another monolight, an air cushioned stand and a couple of softboxes and umbrellas.

  • Tony

    July 17, 2009 01:52 am

    I would buy a few canon lenses. a macro and a good high quality 100mm prime. and if i had enough left over, a ring flash.

  • Jed

    July 17, 2009 01:52 am

    Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L ($700)
    B&W 67mm Polarizing Filter ($47)
    B&W 77mm Polarizing Filter ($62)
    B&W 77mm UV Haze Filter ($46)

    I'd blow the remaining $145 on rechargeable AA batteries and a few replacement lens caps in 52mm, 67mm, and 77mm. That would fill out the biggest gap in my camera bag right now as the only wide angle I've got is the crappy 18-55mm USM, non-IS edition.

  • sergey

    July 17, 2009 01:49 am

    I would get the Nikon 85mm 1.4 (would have to add $300). Otherwise, Nikon SB600 or SB800, 2 umbrellas, 2 stands, lens filters, storage card

  • Emily

    July 17, 2009 01:47 am

    I would love love love to have more camera gear!
    Tokina 12-24mm for Nikon (499)
    Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (15)
    Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight Flash (461)

  • Bruce Savage

    July 17, 2009 01:46 am

    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR = $419.00
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000UC5YSQ/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens = $529.00
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000HJPK2C/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    Joby GP3 Gorillapod for SLR Cameras = $49.95

    Total: $997.95

  • james

    July 17, 2009 01:45 am

    I think I would do EXACTLY what deirdre just said.

    I would purchase the D90 to upgrade from my D40.

  • alex

    July 17, 2009 01:45 am

    Oh my gosh, I'm such a newb, I'd go after really basic stuff. Canon's 100mm f/2.8 macro lens is at the top of my wish list (for about $500!) and a Speedlight 580EX II (for about $400). With $100 left over, I'd buy hoods for my four lenses! What a scenario!

  • dpksh

    July 17, 2009 01:44 am

    well I just got my first DSLR last month... so I'm not to familiar with all there is out there. Here's my current list:

    Nikon 50mm AF-S ($470)
    Nikon 55-200mm AF-S VR ($200 on sale right now cool!)
    Travel battery charger ($14)

    It'd be cool to have an external flash, but I'm not sure what I'd do with it yet :-)

  • Juha Ylitalo

    July 17, 2009 01:43 am

    6 months ago, it would have been simple... I would have started list with Canon Speedlight 580EXII, but I've already bought it so that one is off from the list.
    Now it is big more complicated,since I don't really need anything. If I would have to spend USD1000 for something (instead of putting it into bank account or something), I would probably get Canon PowerShot G10, spare battery and underwater housing. This would allow me to go out and take photographs from sea kayak without being scared that my dSLR stuff will get damaged by saltwater.
    Since we are still little bit under limit, I could add EU version of Elinchrom Skyport Universal receiver (for 2nd 580EX II) with 3.5mm plug PC socket cable.

  • Nick

    July 17, 2009 01:42 am

    Hmm. The "normal shop" requirement makes it a bit tricky. Given that I've been on a rangefinder kick lately, the three things most on my mind around the $1000 price point would be:

    * A used-in-fair-condition M3 or M6
    * A Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1
    * A Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2

    But I don't think my local camera shop offers those. Plus, if I were going to be at all sensible, I'd just spend it all on film. Plus-X, Tri-X, Portra, Reala...be nice to have a massive stockpile to dip into.

  • jerry deese

    July 17, 2009 01:41 am

    I would probably go with:

    1) AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D
    2) Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AIS

    I've been looking for some wide lenses to shoot with both my digital and film SLRs.

  • FKohn

    July 17, 2009 01:41 am

    Nikon D90 body. Need one as a backup for my D300 and to replace my old D70.

  • Deirdre

    July 17, 2009 01:41 am

    I'd upgrade my Nikon D40 to a Nikon D90. Not only would I get the better low-light performance, the video, more focus points, and more megapixels, but the D90 would allow me to use my SB-600 speedlight wirelessly, allow my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens to work in automatic focus. I'd keep my Nikon D40 as a backup, for events, and for my daughter.

  • Will

    July 17, 2009 01:40 am

    E-P1 with both zoom and pancake lens

  • Ezequiel

    July 17, 2009 01:40 am

    Nikon kit D 5000
    http://www.adorama.com/INKD5000K2.html

    Shots, video, live wiew.... lens...

  • Luca Sartoni

    July 17, 2009 01:40 am

    @Monte: yes, just bought. AMAZING with my D90

  • Alex

    July 17, 2009 01:39 am

    I would put it toward a used 5d and a 50mm 1.4. I've been wanting those two a while, but just don't have the disposable cash to pull the trigger. Would love a 5d mark2 and the 1.2L, but those together are $$3,500.

  • Michele

    July 17, 2009 01:39 am

    1. Canon PowerShot SX1IS 10 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch LCD (559.95) - everyone needs a good point and shoot camera

    2. Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras (370.00) - really need this flash.

    :-)

  • Zoomed In

    July 17, 2009 01:39 am

    A Canon 70-200 F/4 L IS lens. Or, with a little bit more, the legendary Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6 L IS lens.

  • Yolande

    July 17, 2009 01:38 am

    Macro lens: Nikkor 105 mm VR F/2.8

  • Joel

    July 17, 2009 01:38 am

    I would get a Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.8 and a Sigma EX 10 - 20 HSM with matching UV filters from B&W. With what's left I'd probably get a circular polarizing filter.

  • D. Lambert

    July 17, 2009 01:37 am

    I've got a Panasonic FZ-28, and I love its portability, but I'd love to have the quality of a DSLR, too. As long as I'm going to imagine that I've got $1000 to spend, I'll go out on a limb and imagine that I'm in a camera store that's got a pre-owned Canon 30D or 40D w/ a lens or two. Otherwise, I'm with Karthik -- getting the Rebel T1i kit.

  • Christy

    July 17, 2009 01:35 am

    Canon EF 50 mm f 1.4 Standard and Medium telephoto lens.

  • nikkipolani

    July 17, 2009 01:34 am

    I reeeeeeeeally want the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, but as it is well over $1000, I would get the 430EX, a circular polarizer, and the 100mm macro lens.

  • Brian Taylor

    July 17, 2009 01:33 am

    I would get a flash, a tri-pod and one of those 50mm lenses for my Nikon D-60

  • MeiTeng

    July 17, 2009 01:32 am

    Canon 580EX II flash is something I am looking at.

  • Monte

    July 17, 2009 01:29 am

    The new 50mm AF-s 1.4 Nikkor lens

  • Sameer Chandra

    July 17, 2009 01:28 am

    1. Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter ($239.48)
    2. Tamron SP AF 2x Pro Teleconverter for Canon Mount ($235.54)
    3. Canon 2344A001 E1 Hand Strap (25.37)
    4. WR-A100 Wireless Remote Control for Canon ($79.99)
    5. Canon Angle Finder C for Canon EOS SLR Cameras ($191.58)
    6. Opteka 0.35X Wide Angle / Fisheye Lens for Canon EOS Camera's (28.00)
    7. Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash ($200.00)

  • Sarabjit mann

    July 17, 2009 01:26 am

    A Speedlite 580 EX flash and wide angle lens for my Canon 400d, right now I have one lens which is Sigma 28-300mm.
    Would be nice to have external flash and wide angle lens for my hobby if i could afford these.

  • Scott Flaherty

    July 17, 2009 01:26 am

    Probably a second Gitzo tripod.

  • Chris

    July 17, 2009 01:25 am

    I would get the nikkor 18-200 af-s vr lens and a filter or two.

  • Maja Pascual

    July 17, 2009 01:23 am

    Hmmn, since I cannot get the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM for 1000, I would seriously consider 3rd party lens, I've been reading the review for Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 and I'll do with with since I'm still am learning photography and it'll be perfect for my current needs. (so, I'll price that at $700)

    And since I have 300 more, I would like to buy a Plug In for Aperture 2.0 for HDR (its either Hydra $79 or Photomatix $99)

    And the rest? Memory cards, so I can shoot... shoot and shoot! The only way I can get skills...

    (can I appropriate $1.50 for a Diet Pepsi? I'm thirsty)

  • Ray

    July 17, 2009 01:23 am

    D90 body only

  • e2interactive

    July 17, 2009 01:22 am

    Glass, I'd use it towards glass.

  • luis

    July 17, 2009 01:21 am

    I too would roll down the flash isles and start picking up some flashes and pocketwizards.

  • Karthik

    July 17, 2009 01:21 am

    I am shooting at the moment with a Canon SX10 IS. I would jump to the DSLR realm by getting this Canon EOS Rebel T1i Kit.

    That would be soooo sweet!

  • Matt

    July 17, 2009 01:21 am

    The biggest thing I'm currently missing is a decent point and shoot for when I don't feel like lugging my DSLR around. So the first thing I'd prefer an LX3, but seeing as it's currently nearly $600 on Amazon, I'd probably go with the G10 instead ($457). After that I'd probably pick up a tripod. Right now I'm eying the Manfrotto 190X ($159) with the Manfrotto 488RC2 ball head ($114). That leaves me just enough left to get a Lensbaby Composer ($270).

  • Gary

    July 17, 2009 01:19 am

    $1000.... Hmm.

    Ok, I'd get a Canon 580EX flash, and a ST-E2 wireless flash controller. Not too hard to decide, because I'm looking to pick those up anyway!

    I read "The Moment it Clicks" by Joe McNally while on vacation, and it inspired me to spend more time working with flash....

  • Dnicolas.FR

    July 17, 2009 01:17 am

    humm here is my choice :

    - Pocket Wizard = $478.95
    - Nkon SB 900 = $461.59

    Total = 940,54

  • Pat

    July 17, 2009 01:11 am

    I'd get the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye and a 55-200 with some filters. if out of stock then a D90.

  • Nicolas Boivin

    July 17, 2009 01:10 am

    I'd have this little list with 1000$
    Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (531.99$)
    Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro (457.91$)

    Good thing I'm going to spend about that much money in a few months at B&H in NYC...

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