Current Photographic Arsenal

  • Canon XTi (400D)
  • Canon 430 EX ii Flash
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8
  • Canon 70-300mm f/45.6
  • Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8
  • Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8-4(???)
  • Canon remote
  • Tripod (Cheap Sunpak thingy from Best Buy — don’t follow my example here.  It does the trick, but I wouldn’t trust it in rugged terrain. I don’t use it that much, either.)
  • Manfrotto monopod (Still haven’t used it, but couldn’t pass up the special deal Adorama had one week.)
  • Rocket Blower (gets the dust out!)
  • Camera Backpack Bag (big enough for camera, all lenses, flash, laptop, and additional random storage)
  • Umbrella – I’ve gotten some great pictures with this baby, but don’t use it too often
  • eBay triggers to set off the flash remotely (manual use, only)

Lesson to be learned: Probably none, though you could take away from this that third party lenses aren’t bad.