The list author says: "Here's a list of what I own. This is not my first digi SLR, so I've thought long and hard before purchasing any of these items, and I'm completely happy with ALL of them, except I wish I'd gotten the Canon 580EX II flash instead of the 430EX.
My favorite website to learn about photography is: "Photography on the Net (POTN)" at http://photography-on-the.net/forum/index.php
Check it out! My username is jbkalla.
<update!> I've since sold my 40D to a friend and purchased a 5D MkII."
"For quick adjustments, you can't beat this head! Plus, even though it says "horizontal grip," it can be modified to be a vertical grip head, according to the instructions, though I haven't tried that yet."
"This lens works out to 26-56mm, making it just a Wide Angle Zoom, and not an Ultra-Wide. This also makes this lens a great walk-around zoom, though it's a bit limited in zoom. The clarity of this lens is amazing! I'm glad I got it over the much less-expensive 17-40mm f/4L."
"For indoor and indoor-action shots, get the f/2.8L IS. But for the money, this lens is sweet! For a bit more money than this, the 70-200mm IS f/4L has the best image quality of the four 70-200mm lenses. It is a completely different lens from the standard f/4L. If you don't need the larger-apertured f/2.8 version, I highly recommend going with the f/4L with IS."
"Great daypack! My most-used camera backpack. Holds my 40D, 70-200mm f/4L, 16-35mm f/2.8L, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX, 430EX flash, plus assorted gear, with room in the top portion for food/etc... Also has a laptop pocket which holds my 17" Macbook Pro."
"Huge camera backpack, with plenty of room for a laptop. I got the Insertrolly with it. Too big for day-hikes, but great for when you need to carry more. Nice waterproof cover came with it. It holds my huge tripod just fine."
"A "must have" for any photographer. This holds two batteries and has a shutter and scroll wheel for vertical shots. If you have one of the Digital Rebel cameras, Canon makes a version for that camera, also."
"Works great on every Mac and PC I've ever used it on. Some sort of color calibration is necessary for photograph post-processing.
I'll be upgrading to the Spyder 3 Elite in the near future ($99 upgrade)"
"Tried Aperture for awhile, but found that I liked Lightroom better. I love the fact that Lightroom doesn't use "rider" files to save photo adjustments. Lightroom just puts the info in the image file itself. It also works well with DNG format and is more frequently updated for just-released cameras. I find myself using Lightroom more and Photoshop less."