THE FOLLOWING IS NOT TAX ADVICE; CONSULT YOUR TAX ADVISOR.
It’s the end of the year, and now is the time for small business owners to consider making needed capital expenditures in order to deduct them this year. This is a big benefit versus depreciating assets over 3 or 5 years.
Note that gear has to be put into service by Dec 31, so there really is only a day or two left to act to receive things in time (if shipped).
From Section 179.org (see additional details there):
2015 Deduction Limit = $500,000 — This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. This limit is only good for 2015, and the equipment must be financed/purchased and put into service by the end of the day, 12/31/2015.
Lloyd can help via consulting advice in choosing a computer system and peripherals and/or in selecting a professional photographic system: don’t overspend and get just the right gear for your own actual needs. Hours flexible and responsive here at the end of the year.
Photographers might consider items like the following (most links are to recommended models or relevant review/article, etc where it make sense).
Thank you for using the links here or at MacPerformanceGuide.com when buying.
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Computing for photographers/videographers
- Computers: Mac Pro, late 2015 iMac 5K, MacBook Pro Retina 15" and other Apple Macs at B&H Photo.
- Memory: 64GB for late 2015 iMac 5K or Mac Pro.
- Storage: OWC Thunderbay 4 for big storage (I like the 20/24/32TB units the best).
- External backup drives. Big hard drives like the HGST Ultrastar 8TB.
- 4TB SSD that maxes-out the Thunderbolt bus and/or 4TB internal SSD for Mac Pro.
- Travel-friendly fast 1TB SSD.
- Wide gamut display like my workhorse NEC PA302W or various Eizo displays.
- NEC PA272W display is only $899 after $400 instant rebate. <=== great deal on a wide gamut display! Add the SpectraView II kit for calibration. The NEC PA302W is $1699 and is my workhorse display.
Photography and videography
- My “go to” cameras are the Nikon D810, Sony A7R II and Canon 5DS R. For some, the Leica Q or Sony RX1R II may be a good choice.
- B&H has 10% rewards on many Canon and Nikon DSLRs and lenses.
- Zeiss Otus and Zeiss Milvus for Canon and Nikon, or Zeiss Loxia, Zeiss Batis and Sony lenses for Sony mirrorless.
- DSLR lenses of special merit recently reviewed: Canon 11-24mm f/4L, Nikon 24mm f/1.8G, Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.
- Lighting: I like the Cineo remote phosphor LED lights and the Westcott Flex LED panels (I have not yet seen or tested BBS Lighting LED lighting).
- 4K television top pick for quality/value: Sony XBR-65X930C.