The list author says: "My third digital SLR, after a RebelXT and a 40D, the 5D is an amazing camera. It has a full-frame sensor, so lenses work the way they're supposed to. My 16-35L is much wider on the 5D than it was on my previous cameras. I sold the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX with the 40D because it was made strictly for "crop-sensor" cameras.
These are items I own and have found useful in my amateur photography. I am also listing lower-priced alternatives, for those of you just starting out, though keep in mind that my wish list would be slightly different for one of the "crop-sensor" cameras.
My new favorite photography-related company is Really Right Stuff. Unfortunately, they don't sell over Amazon, but check them out! I'm not really a fan of their bags, but the tripod heads are great, and I imagine their tripods are, too!"
"A necessity for all SLRs, a battery grip adds an extra battery and vertical shooting capabilities. The Canon grips are fantastic, but I haven't heard anything bad about the off-brands, which are much cheaper. Lately, since I've been doing a lot of hiking, I rarely use the grip. It just takes up too much room and weight for carrying."
"The least expensive Canon 70-200L lens, it has no Image Stabilization and is f/4, not f/2.8. Canon makes 4 versions of this lens: f/4L, f/4L IS, f/2.8L, f/2.8L IS. The f/4 version of Canon's 70-200L is one of the sharpest zoom lenses made, IMHO.
Upgrade: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS - $1700 Or try the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, which can be used as a macro lens, has a wider aperture, and is only $750."
"Fantastic! I use this tripod for almost everything. It folds up really short, and the RRS BH-30LR head fits perfectly into it when folded. Ten stars! Of course, for the money, it should be amazing..."
"Amazingly stable tripod! Holds 15 lbs, but is too large for backpacking or traveling, especially with the 322RC2 head. The new version is the 055CXPRO3. I now have the Really Right Stuff BH-55LR attached to this tripod for some serious stiffness.
"I've tried the high-priced brands, and keep coming back to the Adventure 9. It's not waterproof, but has a great layout for a split backpack, and it's comfortable. The Tamrac takes care of 90% of my travel needs. Also holds a 17" Macbook Pro. Better & cheaper than anything else I've tried."
"I love this bag! When full, it's a little too heavy to be carrying all day, but it will fit my camera with the 70-200L attached, the 520EX flash, the 16-35L (kindof sitting on top of the camera and lens) and the Gitzo tripod hooked through the top flap."
"I got the minimum RAM and the smallest SSD, then removed them and maxed out the RAM (8GB at Crucial.com) and put in a 512GB SSD from NewEgg.com. Now this thing really cooks! I'll never buy a spinning hard drive again! 2.5GHz quad-core i7."
"Got mine in June 2010. Quad-core i7 with 16GB RAM, 2TB drive. The display is fantastic. The only thing I would change would be the hard drive. It's a decent hard drive with lots of space, but my MB Pro has spoiled me. I can no longer live without a Solid State Drive in my computers! If I can afford it in the future, I'll probably have the drive replaced with a 512GB SSD."