Sunday Poll: If The Photo-Fairy Gave You $1500 What Camera Gear Would You Buy?

Here is a poll which is a little bit different than the ones we usually run. If the photo-fairy went down from heavens and granted you with a $1500 check which you must spend on photography gear, how would you spend it? Share with us in the comments.

A possum and a movie camera 1943

While you don’t have to spend the entire amount, any access money is magically returned to the fairy.

The photo-fairy chose $1500 because it is exactly enough for either 1 or 2 big items or a whole bunch of smaller items, your pick.

If you are lacking inspiration, you can check out the Amazon photo store for reference, but don’t feel obliged to pick from there. Feel free to pick any item(s) related to photography in the world.

[The image at the top (taken from the Australian War Memorial collection) shows what I think a Possum would probably get form the photo-fairy]

  • Jon Peckham
  • Ksenia Krylova

    used nikon 35mm 1.4G

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Why? The sigma 35/1.4 is better in every way.

      • Ksenia Krylova

        I like nikon, don’t think that the sigma is better

  • Eric Klasko

    Canon Telephoto Tilt Shift TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens for EOS

    • de3euk

      ^^ that ^^

  • bogorad

    NEX-7 and 16mm (SEL16F28) with wide-angle converter (VCLECU1).

  • Kris Allen

    The 28-300mm lens I’ve had on my wish list for awhile… and some other odds and ends like a bag for my tripod, gels, those sorts of things.

  • Bob Simmons

    A Spyder to calibrate my monitor and printer; flashes, lighting stands, softboxes, and umbrellas for a mobile lighting system

  • Gustavo Espinel

    New D600,with new lenses will be my wish and donate my beloved D70

  • GlenStromquist

    I would get a Panasonic GH3

  • Stefan Dumitrache

    I would definitely go for film! Either the Canon EOS-1v or a (much cheaper) Nikon FM10. Any money left I’d spend on various lenses (fixed portrait, macro, fixed tele) and accessories (tripoid, case, lens filters, etc…).

    Or I could just go a bit on the wilder side and choose a Bessa R3M from Voigtlander. ( and an appropriate lens (or two).

  • Undergroundman

    I would love to indulge in some nice film for Holga experimenation and maybe a high quality lens or two.

  • Dave

    Fujifilm X100S. Poor man’s Leica.

    • mrz80

      “Poor man’s Leica”? You seen what an X100s costs? It’s not a poor man’s anything. :)

  • Ryan Bernard

    Fujifilm X100S.

  • Richard Cave

    business course

  • Mustafa Beg

    A pair of Nikkor primes – the 28mm f/1.8G and 85mm f/1.8G. Oh, and a decent bag (Domke J-2 or similar) would be handy. Now, if only I had $1500 to spend..

  • Aaron Pellerin

    Hasselblad 500cm and some delta 100.

  • prioridaddeapertura

    Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 :)

    • Jeffrey Grundman

      That is at the top of my wish list too but $1500 only gets you 3/4 of the way there. Or are you thinking very well used?

      • prioridaddeapertura

        3/4 It’s just so damn good!! I think that I can afford the rest :)

  • vicky

    canon 35mm 1.4 and maybe some software if I could find a good deal!

  • Gianmarco

    Canon 6D

  • Haymo
  • horacio

    1 x Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S $ 447

    1 x Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens $ 144

    1 x Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX $ 197

    1 x CowboyStudio Flashlight /Hot Shoe/Umbrella Holder with Swivel/Tilt Bracket $12

    1 x SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card $35

    1 x Nikon EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Nikon DSLR Cameras $37

    1 x Tiffen 52mm Neutral Density 0.9 Filter $15

    1 x Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer $18

    1 x CowboyStudio 43-Inch Black and White Umbrella $12

    1 x CowboyStudio Set of Two 7 feet Photography Light Stands with Cases $23

    2 x Yongnuo YN-560 III Speedlight GN58 wireless $94 x 2 = $188

    1 x Manfrotto Basic 055XDB Tripod (Black) Outfit with 128RC (3130) Micro Fluid Head $ 220

    1 x Lowepro Flipside 200 Backpack $70

    TOTAL = $ 1,400

  • PawelM

    Pentax K5-IIs :) And a grip:)

  • PdM

    Sigma 50-150 2.8 (not II) if it would be available for Pentax :( As it isn’t maybe also K5IIs or Mamiya RB67 and some nice lenses :)

  • Aka Lol

    Pentax K5 IIs

  • Frank Nazario

    Nikon D3200 package 18-55 55-200
    3 – Youngnuo 565 for Nikon
    1 – Gary Fong Pro Kit
    1 – Case Logic BackPack
    3 – Fotodiox 6×8 flashgun Diffiser
    3 – Cowboy studio 10′ light stand
    1 – 5way 42 reflector

  • Jay Scott

    I would put it toward a pair of Elinchrom Ranger Quadras.

  • Userbeans

    1 used original Leica strap for the M9 .. $1499 .. (on sale)

  • Greg Easton

    A Nikon 7100, a Zoom H4n, and a set of microphones

  • Portraitist

    I would buy either: sigma 85f1.4, a film medium format with one lens, or a couple of lights(either a couple of old manual speedlights,a hotlight, or a ring light). Or maybe photoshop or a class on videography. Im paralyzed by indecisiveness!

  • Renato Murakami

    Tough pool… I’d start by pulling out my wishlist and consider the stuff that would be most useful for me right now.
    But here are some items:
    GoPro Hero 3
    Olympus OM-D E-M5
    BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera
    Zacuto Fast Draw
    CineSkates (dunno if videography stuff counts)
    USB focus controller (Okii)
    Nexus 7 plus accessories needed to use it as ext monitor
    Pico Dolly or Komodo Dolly
    Lens Baby kits for experimenting…
    Oh well, so many stuff to choose…

  • Kevin Maggio

    Nikon D7000
    Nikkor 50mm f1.4

  • Chad Bredahl

    Probably a GoPro Hero 3 black edition and a Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4 EF lens. :) Oh, and a lens coffee mug…because they are cool. Ha.

  • Keith Dayton

    Canon 85mm f/1.8 for my really nice portrait lens
    Canon BG-E7 Battery grip.
    Canon 10-22mm lens to play with some wide angle shots. :)
    Get a couple of good quality CPL filters for the lenses and give fairy back the change. :)
    I would really love that fairy.

  • Brad Dudenhoffer

    X100S, I was skeptical even after Hobby and Zarias both loved it, but then I got my hands on one and the few minutes I spent with it were wonderful. Now I understand why everybody is so excited about them.

  • Jadon Stoltzfus

    D7000 or D7100, plus a flash or two.

  • Paul

    It would go towards a Dedolight HMI spotlight, probably the 400.

  • Adrian Arteaga

    Profoto 901024 D1 Air 500 Monobloc -Black
    $1,219.00 and with the rest, an octabox… I will love to see where it will take me…

  • Dylan Diblik

    1 7′ wescott octa and 2 Q flashes

  • Buzzerfly

    I would put it TOWARD the $7,000 300mm 2.8 Sony SSM Telephoto lens that I’m buying before the Winter Olympics. This one is gonna hurt!

  • David

    Jinbei Freelander FL-II 500 Porty Flash-Set, some fitting softboxes, a big beauty-dish and a set of pocketwizards for remote triggering.

  • Sébastien Fanget

    Fuji G617, though 1500$ won’t be enough 😉

  • Carlos

    Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens $1,195.00
    Canon EF 2.0X III Telephoto Extender $399.00

  • breezanemom

    A new lens….not sure which one yet, but the biggest and best telephoto that $1500 will buy.

  • Digital_Photog

    Down payment on my new Canon EOS 1D-X!

  • Igor

    Olympus 25mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens
    M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
    Olympus OM-D E-M5

  • rod

    Nikon D7100 + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (non-VC)

  • Felipe

    1st: sell my T3i. 2nd: buy a Instax to my girlfriend. 3rd: buy one 60D!

  • Masab Rahman

    a Nikon 24-70mm

  • Piotr Tymcio

    Sigma 35 f/1.4 A

  • Paul DeVille

    Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5 or Polaroid back with lots of film and accessories for my Mamiya 645 Pro

  • Maggie

    Canon 100 mm f/2.8L IS macro and a 40 mm pancake for fun. If there was any left over then a colormunki.

  • Corina

    Canon 10-22 wide angle lens – used about $600
    430 EX II Speedlite – about $200
    50mm f1.4 – about $350

    and a cool bag to carry it all in… about $200

    total… $1350

  • Chelsea

    I would buy a portable studio lighting kit. I am a photography student and won’t be able to afford one for a while.

  • Will Anlezark

    1 Lowell Lighting kit and possibly a 17-40 id be thrifty with my moolah 😉

  • mrz80

    D7000, couple of muslin backdrops, a 105 macro lens, and some extra SD cards

  • ikke

    One of those super tele lenses (±800 mm or more) with auto focus and hopefully zoom ability. If I’m very lucky weighing less than al kilo and also measuring not longer than half a meter. In other words, still portable.
    But maybe this one still needs to be invented…

  • Emaad

    canon 5d mark II

  • Þorgeir Valur Ellertsson

    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras $1250

    And then a
    4×6 Daryl Benson Reverse ND Graduated Filter–3-stop Density fitting my LEE system $190

  • La’Trice

    I would use the money to buy start up equipment so I can follow my dreams and a passion

  • @sjrozas

    EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM