At any rate, it's fun to think about stuff you'd like to have even if, at the last moment, you get cold feet and conform to long habit of diverting the various nickels and dimes you could have used for the latest high speed lenses into your son's college fund or the ever voracious retirement fund. Here's my list of stuff I'd love to pick up in 2011 if.......
1. A plain jane 16 Gig Wi-Fi iPad. I know. It's silly when I have all these aging laptops sitting around. But I'm secretly jealous when my advertising friends whip theirs out and start doing the "finger dance" to show people they're latest stuff......Wow. Prices are starting to drop. Can I wait for the new product intros? Suspense.
2. Copies of my two or three favorite movies on DVD. I've got tons of old classics on VHS but new players are vanishing. I'd start with La Dolce Vita and Casablanca. Then, of course, all the 1960's James Bond movies......I know these don't have much to do with the obvious photography stuff but they are rich sources for style.....(rationalization alert).
3. More LED lights. The solid state future has arrived. Here are some I want and some I want more of: The 183 is fabulous. I have two and want two more. They run bright and the dimmers work well. They can be used with lots of different kinds of batteries. Yummy. And, at the high end of the scale I want one (or more) of these Lite Panels.
4. On a more practical note, I'd like a lithium replacement battery for my Profoto 600B Acute portable flash system......but I'll gladly settle for an extra lead-acid at half the price.....There are times when a small, extremely powerful studio flash comes in very handy outside.
5. I sold off all my compact cameras in the middle of the great recession and I'm really pining for one little camera with great specs that I can shove in a coat pocket and sport around for those cold winter days. Problem is I can't decide between the Canon G12 and the Panasonic LX-5. Both are cool. I'm leaning toward the LX-5 because you can use it with the electronic viewfinders from the GH series cameras. I like eye finders and the electronic ones don't bug me. A little price drop and I'm there.
6. I've had my Apple 23 inch Cinema Monitor since the dawn of time. Well, at least since the inception of the G5 machines....I'd like to replace it with the new 27 inch monitor. My friend Paul has two and they look awfully pretty. Awfully pretty. But I just want one......
7. I knew I couldn't resist more lenses for long. I have a friend named Bernard. He showed me his Canon 135 f2 L lens and now I can't get it out of my head. According to all the stuff you read on the web it's miraculously sharp wide open and has a bokeh like butter (whatever the heck that means...) I'm sure they'll "improve" it if I don't buy one quick and it will not be the way I wanted it to be....
While we're on the subject of lenses. I keep thinking of things to like about my Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZE lens. So much so that I'm adding the 21mm Zeiss ZE lens to my long term addiction list. I'm trying hard to like my Canon 20mm but it's not trying very hard in return.....
8. Here's something I want but I don't know if any of us will get it. I want a brand new historical novel from Steven Pressfield. I loved his Gates of Fire, have recommended and given away dozens of copies of The War of Art and loved all his other novels about ancient Greece and Alexander the great. Of course, if more novels magically appear it just gives me an excuse to give in to resistance and put off finishing my next book(s). I'll accept that downside.
9. There are a ton of little things I'll put on my list as stocking stuffers. You can never have too much fast memory for your cameras so I would love it if Santa stuff a few 16 gig CF cards in my stocking. And, you can never have too many external harddrives so I'd willing unpack a couple of these 2 terabyte disk spinners as well.
10. The last category is "studio comfort". There are two things I need in the studio to make everything wonderful. I need a pair of these crocs so I can go from the cold pool deck to the cool studio and still keep my (size 10) feet warm. I like crocs. Don't care if they are out of fashion. They are strictly pool and studio wear. I'll put on shiny shoes for clients. And I need something to play raucous music on when young models and ad people are here that also sounds good when I'm playing Joni Mitchell and the Beatles from my time......I like this system. It's just right for my space.
I tend to be modestly frugal. I'll probably just opt to get myself another pack of those great double A alkaline batteries from Costco. They're always a big hit in my office! Dreaming is fun. I'd be interested to know what's on your list.