Over the last twelve months, I’ve been shopping for quite a bit of gear, given the overseas prices for purchasing gear. I won’t bother ranting about the price of gear in this country given the cost overseas, but I’ve been taking full advantage of the overseas pricing while I can: we all know it can’t last.

My most recent Glass purchase has been a Tamron 24- 70mm F2.8 mainly for use on the D600. Other recent purchases have been a Sigma 10-20mm, and also a bargain priced 50mm F1.8. Additionally this year I picked up locally a D600 for an excellent price of $1900 (with 2 year Australian warranty).

From a software perspective I’ve upgraded from Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5, and from Elements 11 to Elements 12. I might say though, that I’ve not used Elements for any photo editing really at this stage, certainly nothing on this site has been edited in anything other than Lightroom. I’ve been trying to develop my skill set to minimise the amount of time I have to spend modifying with software afterwards. I basically upgraded because of the promotional deal and the interest in seeing how well Revel would work. Still at some point I’ll get some use out of it, and well I’m not spending thousands on the full blown Photoshop.