I'm going for the body only and a couple seperate lenses...sigma 10-20mm and sigma 18-200mm. I really want the wide angle lens, but I think the 18-200mm will be a good all purpose lens for my wife to use.
Home shopping can be similar (if you don't have a good realtor). This forum and the camera lab website in general have really been great I just wish all you bloody blokes weren't sleeping while I'm researching!
I looked into the Nikons, but it seems that the 200 isn't quite as nice as the 40D and the 300 isn't quite as cheap as the 40D.
Here is my list of what I assume to be "must haves", but please let me know if I'm missing anything, and thanks in advance: highspeed compact flash memory card, high speed memory card reader, digital LSR capable camera bag, lens cleaning kit, & view screen protectors.
I'm not sure if these items are "must haves", but I'm sure they'd come in handy: battery grip and an additional battery, and a speed light.
The Battery grip sure seems expensive. I was shocked to discover it didn't actually include the batteries! The speed light also is a bit pricey, is it absolutely neccesary to purchase the canon brand (430 EX) or can I get away with a lesser brand on this item? Does anyone even make an alternative (non-Canon) battery grip or speedlight for the 40D? Thanks a million, I'm sure I'll be sleeping before you reply.