What’s on your Christmas wish list?

by Callan

Everyone loves Christmas, since this is one of the few (read: many) opportunities to spend money on things we as photographers need (read: want). I am, of course, talking about photography-related items, if not the whole venture lapses into fantasy-land territory. I can definitely put a Ferrari 599 on that list, but that’d be day-dreaming. Since there are three of us, we each get to name one item in each category that we really, really want. We’ve been good boys, Santa, so pretty please?

Let us start with lenses. Jingwen’s pick is the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZE, pictured here in all it’s beautiful optical glory.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZE

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZE

And Kevin’s wishing for a Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM for his portraiture needs.

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM © The-Digital-Picture.com

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM © The-Digital-Picture.com

My pick would be a good, clean copy of the Leica M Dual-Range Summicron 50/2.

Leica M Dual-Range Summicron 50/2. © Ken Rockwell

Leica M Dual-Range Summicron 50/2. © Ken Rockwell

Next up, cameras! Jingwen’s wishing for a Chamonix 45N-2, a 4×5 view camera.

Chamonix 45n-2 view camera

Chamonix 45n-2 view camera

Kevin’s pick, as expected, is the up-and-coming Canon EOS 1Dx. We knew he couldn’t resist after testing it out at the launch.

Canon EOS 1Dx

Canon EOS 1Dx

I’d take a Contax T2 in a heartbeat. And it’s pretty affordable too. Maybe I should go snag one from Bellamy Hunt, aka Japan Camera Hunter, who has one on sale. He’s really great chap to boot.

Contax T2 Gold © Bellamy Hunt aka Japan Camera Hunter

Contax T2 Gold © Bellamy Hunt aka Japan Camera Hunter

And last but not least, photobooks. Or at least, photography-related books. This is probably the hardest one for me because I want to buy so, so many. Here is Jingwen picked Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs:

Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs

Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs

Kevin wants the Magnum Contact Sheets:

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Contact Sheets

This one is really difficult for me, but I’m gonna plump for Bruce Davidson’s “Outside Inside”. For that, I blame Mike Johnston.

Bruce Davidson's "Outside Inside"

Bruce Davidson's "Outside Inside"

What’s on your wish list?

Jingwen, Kevin and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone whom we’ve had the pleasure to work, collaborate, and commiserate with through 2011. It’s a long and winding road, and it’s never easy, but we couldn’t have done it without you guys. Have a Merry Christmas, and a great New Year.

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