The Budget/Professional Photographer

A Listmania! list by Mark J. Sebastian (ESSJ & New York)
The list author says: "There are a tons routes to professional photography.. and while there is lots of expensive equipment out there, I've picked the ones will allow you to diversify your photographic style and capture high-quality images. The most important items are at the top of the list. Just keep in mind that you don't have to buy it all at once! In fact, I believe you're better off building slowly because limitations in your equipment will always be followed by human ingenuity."
Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)
1.  Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is Canon's entry-level D-SLR. I'm often asked if I recommend Canon or Nikon and why... the truth is, you're not just buying a camera, you're buying into a system. Both camera systems are awesome, so the the intelligent thing to do is buy into the system that your friends/family already have. That way, you can borrow all their fancy gear!"
Used & New from: $229.94
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera (Body Only)
2.  Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera (Body Only) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This may be a few hundred dollars more than the Rebel XS, but it is two generations newer and includes HD video recording capabilities"
Used & New from: $276.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)

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Sandisk 8GB EXTREME SDHC SD Card Class 6 (SDSDX3-8192 Bulk Package)
3.  Sandisk 8GB EXTREME SDHC SD Card Class 6 (SDSDX3-8192 Bulk Package) by SanDisk
The list author says:
  "8gb of storage for your camera. This will hold between 400-500 RAW images or THOUSANDS of jpegs - It doesn't get any cheaper than this. If you think you need more room, check out the larger 16GB version. This particular one is designated as "Class 6" SD card, which is fast enough for video."
$28.93   Used & New from: $18.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

Lowepro Rezo 140 AW Camera Bag
4.  Lowepro Rezo 140 AW Camera Bag by Lowepro
The list author says:
  "This is the bag I use when want to pack lite. It has enough room for the rebel with a lens mounted, extra batteries, CF cards and a second lens. As a bonus, there's a special fabric stored in a pouch which makes the bag water resistant."
Used & New from: $71.63
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Sony VCT-R640 Lightweight Tripod for DSCV1/P41/W1/P93/P73/P92/P100/P150/F88/F828 Digital Cameras
5.  Sony VCT-R640 Lightweight Tripod for DSCV1/P41/W1/P93/P73/P92/P100/P150/F88/F828 Digital Cameras by Sony
The list author says:
  "I needed a tripod, but I didn't want a silver one. This tripod by Sony is compact, lightweight and black. I don't need a shiney brushed aluminum tripod. Black = stealthy!"
$35.99   Used & New from: $23.51
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
6.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens by Canon
The list author says:
  "One of the first things people ask me is "How do I make the background blurry, but the foreground sharp?". 

You'll need a fast lens with a large aperture -- just like this one.  There are 2 other versions of this lens. One is $330 and the other is $1400.  So consider this one a steal at $85"
$125.00   Used & New from: $84.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,693 customer reviews)

Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller for Canon XT/XTi, XSi, T1i and T2i Digital SLR Cameras
7.  Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller for Canon XT/XTi, XSi, T1i and T2i Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Perfect for self-portraits, initiating long exposures and practical jokes. I once mounted my camera on a tripod, held the reflector for the model and took the shot remotely. How cool is that?"
$23.95   Used & New from: $9.45
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)

Canon Battery Pack LP-E5
8.  Canon Battery Pack LP-E5 by Canon
The list author says:
  "Extra Battery for the Rebel XS. Always keep an extra on hand just in case you run out of juice on the field"
$49.95   Used & New from: $12.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

Canon LP-E8 Battery Pack for Canon Digital Rebel T2i and T3i Digital SLR Cameras (Retail Package)
9.  Canon LP-E8 Battery Pack for Canon Digital Rebel T2i and T3i Digital SLR Cameras (Retail Package) by Canon
The list author says:
  "Extra Battery for the T2i. I've purchased non-canon brand batteries in the past before and have always regretted it. While the branded batteries cost most up front, I've found them to be far more useful 2-3 years after purchase while the generic brands no longer hold a charger after a few months"
$44.95   Used & New from: $17.60
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
10.  Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Having a Speedlite attached to your camera opens up a whole world of opportunities. This little puppy allows you to take brightly lit, nicely saturated photos in room with no other light sources. It's a world apart from the the built-in pop-up flash. Not only is it more powerful, you can also adjust the angle, focus and power of light."
$299.00   Used & New from: $209.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (771 customer reviews)

Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries - 4 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
11.  Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries - 4 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Sanyo
The list author says:
  "Not only are these batteries rechargeable, they allow your flash to cycle faster than non-rechargable batteries"
$15.99   Used & New from: $12.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09E)
12.  Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09E) by Tamron
The list author says:
  "By now, you're realizing that the kit lens just doesn't produce images like a Pro. This lens is the perfect replacement... it's half the price of the Canon-banded equivalent and complete blows the stock lens out of the water."
$499.00   Used & New from: $295.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
13.  Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is the newest lens in my stable and is quickly becoming a favorite, especially since I'm a huge fan of negetive space and dramatic angles. I've been told that it would qualify as an "L" lens if it were an EF with contained weather stripping. Judging from the sharpness of the photos it produces, I wouldn't be surprised."
$649.00   Used & New from: $484.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)

Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector
14.  Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector by F.J. Westcott Co.
The list author says:
  "This is the simplest and most utilized light modification tool in my arsenal.  Use the silver side to reflect light on your subject to remove unwanted shadows and balance out the entire scene. Use the golden side to please the ladies (it's like an instant tan)."
$39.90
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
15.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "So you bought the 1.8 and started to notice that it feels like its falling apart and you could never really get it to focus in the dark... If i could do it all over again, this would have been my very first lens. But the price, at the time, turned me off. You'll want it even if you have the 1.8... you'll see..."
$399.00   Used & New from: $323.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,163 customer reviews)

Neewer® BG-E8 Replacement Battery Grip for Canon EOS 550D 600D 700D/ Rebel T2i T3i T5i SLR
16.  Neewer® BG-E8 Replacement Battery Grip for Canon EOS 550D 600D 700D/ Rebel T2i T3i T5i SLR by Neewer
The list author says:
  "Not only does this add capacity for a second battery, it also balances out the weight of the camera once you begin using heavier lenses and gives you a natural shooting position when shooting vertical photos. This item is all about stability and comfort. Rebel T2i Only"
$27.95   Used & New from: $22.96
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)

Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Green Accent)
17.  Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Green Accent) by Canon
The list author says:
  "Now that you have all this gear, you're going to want a bigger bag. This bag will carry it all, and for half the price of the nearest competitor. I recommend removal of the shiney "canon" logo, unless you want all your gear stolen.."
$39.95   Used & New from: $27.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,055 customer reviews)

Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet
18.  Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet by Wacom
The list author says:
  "The Wacom tablet reduces stress on your wrist (a plus if you plan to work in front of a computer for a few years...). Plus it's much faster and more accurate than a mouse. It took about 2 weeks to adapt to it, but now I can't imagine working without one. I wouldn't be exaggerating to claim that it has boosted my efficiency at photo retouching by at least 50%."
Used & New from: $119.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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