Just because you don’t work for National Geographic doesn’t mean you can’t look like you do. Get yourself a nice travel vest with umpteen pockets, grow yourself some reasonable but not mangy facial hair and throw down a bit of cash for the Carl Zeiss Custom SLR Lens Case ($6,063). Like a giant oyster with precious goodies to reveal, this impact-resistant and waterproof case houses five of Zeiss’s optical beauties: 1) Distagon T* 2.8/21; 2) Distagon T* 2/28; 3) Distagon T* 2/35; 4) Planar T* 1.4/50; and 5) Planar T* 1.4/85, all chosen specifically to lend manual focusing strengths to those filmmakers and photographers breaking into HD (and aren’t we all). It’s also a nice shot across the starboard bow for those of you seeking out the limited-edition Nikon set. The Zeiss hard case is lined with a custom foam lining that cradles each lens like a Faberge Egg. At 6-grand, it’s not your run-of-the-mill lens kit, but if you’re not a total photo hack, it will bring visual joys immeasurable.
Price: $6,063 (May)