I'm a novice photographer who loves travel, but I need some input.
For a couple years I've taken my old 4 megapixel Kodak Easyshare Z700 with me on my travels, but I feel that I've maxed out the technical ability of this point and shoot camera. So when it finally died the other week, I didn't have a lot of money to spend so I decided to get a Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm lens as a replacement.
I'm wanting to know what are some highly recommended accessories that I will need for doing travel photography. I already have a decent tripod and four 2GB SD cards. I'm thinking of getting something like a Gorilla Pod for times when I can't/don't want to take a tripod. I've heard I should get a UV filter and pretty much keep it on the lens to help protect it? Also, is a circular polarizer filter a must? I'm very concerned being caught out in a rain storm; how can I protect the camera? What kind of camera bag do you recommend that is compact, tough, and portable? Anything else I need to keep on me? Thanks for your advice. Also, I've included a few of my photos with the Z700 as a point of reference as far as my current travel photography. I still have a lot to learn, cheers!