Kealakekua Bay is a great destination for a variety of reasons. It’s a great snorkel spot, it’s fun on a kayak and you have the chance to see spinner dolphins at play. This photo was taken from the deck of the Hula Kai, a snorkel tour boat we use frequently.
This photo, like many of my wildlife shots, was taken at 300mm. Coincidentally, my max lens is 300mm. This brings me to my next point. I have lens envy.
I have my eyes on a certain “budget” 200-500, and you think that would be an easy enough decision to make. However, somewhere in the process of thinking it through, thinking it through takes over. In my head something like this is happening:
‘but if I get the 200-500 I’m going to need that good tripod, and I can sell my 55-300, but then I’d be missing 55-200… I could find something nice in the 20-100ish range for daily use and replace the kit 18-55. Either way, I’m going to need a new travel bag. I’ve learned that lesson of getting a bag that I quickly outgrow, so I need to think of future needs. At 200mm minimum, I really would like a second body for quick wide shots, like that bear that buzzed us while I was chimping, or the pilot whales. One more prime, but wider than my 50, like a 20. Damn, with all this heavy gear, a nice retro looking Xsomething would be great for stomping around cities with. That other body should be pro level for the water resistance alone… Winning that daily giveaway for that adventure/water camera package would be great, but if it doesn’t happen that will eventually get on the list. Oh, and that bag should hold a laptop too. Oh look! Shiny!”
Half an hour later, my next purchase just turned in to an equipment list that will last for years. It seems like making any one purchase will lead down a slippery slope requiring budgeting and patience. Yep, budgeting and patience… With that in mind, I think I’m good for a while. I’ll upgrade some of the basics now and build up to other items down the line.
But…just to see what it might look like at 500…
So, how do you all choose what is next on the list? Anything on your list fit the ‘pipe dream’ category?