This is the camera kit I'd buy with $5,000 – but what would you get?

This is the camera kit I'd buy with $5,000 – but what would you get?
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When I was challenged to build an entire camera kit bag from scratch with $5,000, my eyes couldn't help but light up in glee. Coincidentally, I've actually been considering upgrading my camera gear anyway, so this challenge comes at a good time. While my budget is admittedly smaller than the (sadly imaginary) $5,000/£5000 I've been granted, this will definitely be a fun wish fulfillment exercise!

I'm currently shooting with a Nikon D800, which is beginning to show its age more and more with each shoot. After having tested newer, shinier cameras, the little things that didn't use to bother me (such as a painfully slow Live View and a frankly unwieldy weight that seems designed to exacerbate my carpal tunnel), are now starting to grate on my nerves.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.