I have a few things on my list this which I don't think my friends and family are going to get me. I thought that since I have been so, so good this year that you might see your way clear to assemble these items for me and gently drop them down my chimney. If you can't get everything on the list I will certainly understand because I'm sure you are as much at the mercy of shortages, et al as everyone else. But, as you are magical I do expect you'll fare better than most... Again, I have been very good. By my scale I've been extremely good. No felony arrests, no arguments or fights with anyone. I even held the door for people behind me from time to time.
So, let's get started.
Santa, please bring me a Leica SL2-S so I can take advantage of the great high ISO performance, where needed. The camera will go nicely with the other SL variants I've been using but, if you have the time, would you instruct the elves to paint in the Leica logo with white paint on the pentaprism? I think the black out logo is a bit pretentious and messes up the overall design aesthetic when viewing the camera from the front. And as usual, can you include an extra battery? They're pricey.
Since we're already knee deep in the Leica catalog I hope it's not too much to ask for you to bring me one of those snazzy Leica Q2 cameras. I thought for a while that I might want the monochrome version but I think I'm capricious enough that I'm a better fit for the regular, color model. I'm sure you are thinking to yourself, "This dude already has a CL, what does he need a Q2 for?" And usually I'd agree with you but...I want to see for myself what all the fuss is about with this camera. I mean, I'm seeing great images from it everywhere and everyone who owns one just gushes about it. If you can get it to me in time I promise I'll write a really nice article about it before the end of the year. I don't want it to appear as though I'm trying to bribe you but we get our cookies from a famous baker and we only set out Horizon Organic milk with the cookies... just sayin. If you can't make up your mind between the regular version of the Q2 and the Monochrom it would be totally cool to just bring both!
Santa, I'm sure you have a back-up sleigh for those just in case moments when everything goes to hell with your regular flying equipment so you'll understand if I also ask for another Leica CL. When I find a camera I really like I'm always a bit apprehensive about it being discontinued or otherwise made unavailable. If you were to source me the "Starter Kit" which includes the 18mm lens I'd be most grateful. Sure, the TTArtisan 17mm lens is really, really close but sometimes you just feel lazy and want that autofocus. You know how it is... And as long as you've got the Leica elves on overtime making stuff for the people who've been extra, extra good could you also drop a 23mm Summicron in my stocking? To keep that 18mm company? It just seems so logical. Salt and Pepper, peanut butter and jelly, 18mm and 23mm...
Almost done with the Leica catalog but there is one more thing I was hoping you could tuck into that big bag of gifts. This is a big ask so I'll go out on a limb here and give you my solemn promise that I'll be even better next year than I was in 2021. I mean I'll be so nice it will amaze people. Influencer strength nice-ness. So, what I think I might enjoy as we go into the long Winter month (yes, in Texas that would be singular) would be a 50mm Summicron SL. It would just look so good on the front of my cameras. And you know how much I love the 50mm focal length on my full frame cameras....
Now, this one is not really a Leica product so there's some divergence here but...could you light a fire under one of the better makers of flash equipment to get a nice TTL flash made that supports the SL cameras but has a smaller price tag and better performance than the current Leica flashes? I'm thinking along the lines of a Godox V1 but set up for Leica. You don't even have to splash out and get me one. Just get it on the market and I'll pay for it. Crazy that I have to ask you, Santa Clause, to goose the flash makers to support a worldwide brand in this way but there it is....
Moving on from the Leica stuff. I've been patiently waiting for Apple to release two things and I think they'd make perfect gifts for someone who has been platinum tier good this year (that would be me! Did I mention that I let people pull into my lane, with a warm welcome---as long as they use their turn signals?). Now neither of these is currently available but I figured you could expedite... The first would be a new iMac Pro but with a 30 inch screen and powered by the new M1x Max processor(s). If I had to make a color choice I'd stick with Space Gray but, hey! since it's a gift I'll leave it up to you choose the color. If I up the cookies to a couple of chocolate rum pecan pies could you see your way to stock the computer with 64 GB of super fast RAM? That would really rustle my holly.
Next up, I know the Apple car isn't scheduled to be launched until 2025 but I'm equally certain that they'll need Beta testers soon. You know, real people. People who've made it to near the top of Santa's list of "good" or almost saintly people. If you could work on hooking me up with a Beta model of the car I'd be more than happy to send the folks at Apple feedback now and then. It's a big ask but....when you are working hard at being so good there should be a few rewards.
That was an odd detour but now, back to photo stuff.
Not sure if anyone is currently making these but a set of three or four good light stands that are made out of titanium would be great. Easier to carry and sure to impress. Please make sure they go up to at least 10 feet. And, if possible, maybe a titanium tripod as well (Arca Swiss bullhead, of course). Certainly will make all those people toting around carbon fiber tripods sit up and take notice; right?
That's about it Santa. If this list is too vast you can pick and choose but be sure to start with the top items first. We all have to prioritize.
Not sure what my fellow photographers want for their holiday gifts. Maybe they'll chime in here in the comments.
Almost forgot... always looking for better camera straps. You know, if you just need some throw-ins to flesh out my stocking cache.
(somewhat tongue in cheek. But only "somewhat." )