what's on my (photography) wish list?

Last week I told you what's in my bag, and how I slowly built my collection of gear over time. This week, because I've been lusting after certain things, I'll tell you what I'd like to add to my kit in the future. I'll have a subsequent post next week about what's on my makeup wish list too!

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I usually find talking about gear intensely uninteresting. My eyes glaze over when I even think about equipment as a topic of conversation, and I would back away slowly when I used to shoot more events and men would approach me to talk about my camera or lens choices. As sure as the sun rises, at every single event, at least one man would make the joke, "nice tupperware you've got there," or "did you pack a sandwich in that thing?" when I was using my Lightsphere. Often they would ask whose equipment I was using or borrowing, but don't get me started on gender and photography equipment.

Anyways, long story short, there are many reasons why I don't like discussing gear. The main reason is that don't care about equipment for its own sake; I care about the pictures it allows me to take and the different kinds of beautiful perspectives each piece lends. If pressed about what's on my wish list, however, here's what I would tell you:


If I only invest in three more lenses during my life, it will be these three. From left to right: the Canon EF 85 mm 1.2 L II USM is just an incredible portrait lens. I haven't tested it myself yet but I've seen the work it produces and have also seen my mom test it out. That one is at the top of my list. The Canon EF 35 mm 1.4 L USM is a lovely lens. I rented one for a shoot a few years ago and loved its perspective. Third in line is the Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8, a tilt-shift lens. I am becoming more and more into the look and feel of tilt-shift photography, and find myself drawn to the work of photographers like Jonas Peterson and Andria Lindquist who have truly mastered this style.

Other Fun Stuff

The Canon 5D Mark III was released last year to much fanfare, mostly for its vastly improved focusing system. Though I'm very happy with my Mark II and the owner of my favourite camera store in Montreal said he doesn't feel the improvements are big enough to merit the price jump from its predecessor, I am impressed by the rave reviews my many of my fellow photographers have been giving it. Though I'm not planning to upgrade any time soon, it's on my radar, I will say that!

I've been planning to purchase Pocket Wizards for years now. I'm really interested in learning about off-camera flash. I love the dramatic results that this approach lends, and that's one of the things I love most about our own wedding photos by Lisa Mark. She and Justin (her husband and co-photographer) are extremely talented with their off-camera lighting. Respect. Learning the basics is on my list of goals for this year.

Lastly, because I love Lightroom and the time-saving wonder of presets, I'm leaning towards this Lightroom 4 VSCO Film Pack (classic film emulation presets) from Visual Supply Co. So grainy and pretty!

Well, if you're still awake and this post didn't bore you to sleep, I'd love to know what's on your wish list!