We're only halfway through the Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend and I've already spent $3,896.12.
And, with the Cyber Monday camera deals still throwing up more and more ridiculous savings, that's a figure that could easily continue to rack up before Tuesday rolls around and I finally put my credit card away.
It's a bit of a joke among the DCW team that I'm addicted to buying camera gear. And it's hard to argue; I did, after all, spend $300 in October importing a Pokémon-themed version of the Canon Ivy Rec from Japan – a camera that only costs $49, if you just buy one in the States that isn't yellow and doesn't have a Pikachu on it.
So, admittedly, I have a bit of an issue. However, in years past I haven't approached Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a shopping list in mind; if there were any ridiculously good deals, then cool, I'd buy something. (Last year I ended up buying a dishwasher, but nothing for my camera bag.)
This year, though, was a little different. There were a couple of things that I knew I wanted, and that my Spidey Sense told me were going to be on offer, so I bided my time. I waited with ninja-like patience to see if the deals rolled in – and, sure enough, they did. So what did I get?
Well, amazingly, I spent almost four thousand dollars on just three things. That's what being a Canon EOS R5 owner gets you…
Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
This is, hands down, the best portrait lens I've ever used. You could make the argument that a great 135mm might have it outclassed (though if it does, don't tell me as I can't afford anything else right now), but it's certainly the best 85mm lens out there.
I actually intended to buy this lens last year, before Canon teased me with the R5 and I knew I'd be shelling out for that first. It was a toss-up between this and the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS, the Defocus Smoothing version of the lens that renders unfathomably smooth bokeh.
Thankfully, while this lens is an eye-watering £2,799 in the UK, I took advantage of the double cashback in the Canon Cyber Monday deals to save £400. Fun fact: I'm also REALLY tempted to buy the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, since that's got a crazy cashback offer as well…
Moment CineBloom diffusion filters
If you're anything like me, you love digital cameras and modern lenses for how crisp, clean, sharp and precise they are. However, you also long for the days when cameras and lenses had real character.
I love nothing more than whacking an old Helios or Super Takumar lens on the front of my camera because modern lenses just don't have that softness to the skin, that smoothness to edges, that haze and bloom surrounding bright areas of light. These are, technically, imperfections and shortcomings, of course – part of the reason that 85mm f/1.2L lens is so expensive is precisely because it is so clinical.
Still, I miss that character, that soul, that cinematic richness of my old film lenses. Which is why I picked up a pair of these brilliant Moment CineBloom diffusion filters – both in 20% strength (because I ain't buying these things to be subtle), one 62mm to fit a couple of lenses for my Olympus cameras, and one 82mm to fit my new RF 85mm. Each filter is discounted by $10 right now, so you can grab a few guilt-free.
Will I be buying anything else over the next couple of days? Well, I've already got an Xbox Series X, but if there's a PS5 in stock in the Sony Cyber Monday deals, hmm…