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My Canon 40D Kit

John B. Kalla
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."
Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
"Buy this camera without the lens and make your own lens decisions.  The kit lens is for beginners."
Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash for Canon EOS SLR Cameras - Older Version
Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash for Canon EOS SLR Cameras - Older Version
"I wish I had gotten the 580EX II instead, but this is a good flash."
Stofen OM-EY Omni-Bounce for the Canon 580EX Flash diffuser
Stofen OM-EY Omni-Bounce for the Canon 580EX Flash diffuser
"Helps to diffuse the flash a bit."
Manfrotto 055MF3 3-Section MagFiber Tripod without Head
Manfrotto 055MF3 3-Section MagFiber Tripod without Head
"Fantastic tripod!  And it will support the weight of the 40D, flash, and large lens with room to spare!  Always check the load limits of tripods, as they probably hold less weight than you'd expect!"
Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short
Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short
"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."
Manfrotto Tripod Bag Padded 80Cm
Manfrotto Tripod Bag Padded 80Cm
"Fits the 055MF3 plus the super-sweet 322RC2 head."
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
"Fantastic low-light lens!  My first lens under f/3.5.  Great for a "walk-around" prime (non-zoom) lens on a non-full frame camera."
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
"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."
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
"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."
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
"Just bought this lens.  Will review it after I've used it a bit."
Tamrac 5549 Adventure 9 Photo/Computer Backpack (Grey/Black)
Tamrac 5549 Adventure 9 Photo/Computer Backpack (Grey/Black)
"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."
Kata HB-207 GDC Hiker Backpack for DSLR system or DV/HDV camcorder.
Kata HB-207 GDC Hiker Backpack for DSLR system or DV/HDV camcorder.
"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."
Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip for Canon 20D, 30D, 40D & 50D Digital SLR Cameras (Retail Package)
Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip for Canon 20D, 30D, 40D & 50D Digital SLR Cameras (Retail Package)
"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."
Canon EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D Battery (Premium Japanese Cells, 2000 mAh, 5-YR Warranty) (by Wasabi Power®)
Canon EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D Battery (Premium Japanese Cells, 2000 mAh, 5-YR Warranty) (by Wasabi Power®)
"OK.  I don't have this actual brand, but I bought a couple Opteka 2000mAh batteries to replace the 1400mAh battery that comes with the 40D, and they were definitely worth it!"
Canon EP-EX15 Eyepiece Extender for EOS Cameras
Canon EP-EX15 Eyepiece Extender for EOS Cameras
"This plus the rubber eyecup keeps your nose from smudging the screen so much."
Sandisk Extreme USB 2.0 3in1 Card Reader (SDDRX3-3IN1-901, US Retail Package)
Sandisk Extreme USB 2.0 3in1 Card Reader (SDDRX3-3IN1-901, US Retail Package)
"Fantastically fast, multi-card reader with the convenience of USB 2.  I had a hard time deciding between this and the Sandisk Extreme Firewire Reader, but this one won out on looks and flexibility."
SanDisk 8GB Extreme IV - Compact Flash memory card (Retail Packaging)
SanDisk 8GB Extreme IV - Compact Flash memory card (Retail Packaging)
"The perfect size for modern digital SLRs.  Buy a couple and switch them out before they're full, so all your eggs are not in one basket!  These cards are incredibly fast!  This is the CF card to get!"
Datacolor DC S3P100 Spyder 3 Pro
Datacolor DC S3P100 Spyder 3 Pro
"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)"
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 -Old Version
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 -Old Version
"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."
Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Web Premium [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Web Premium [OLD VERSION]
"Photoshop Extended, plus Dreamweaver and others.  You can't go wrong with this suite, especially the educational version for under $600US."
Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography
Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography
"A good book with nice full-color photos and decent, heavy pages."
The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers
The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers
"Although all books by Scott Kelby are worthwhile, this one stands out as a great Photoshop for beginner to intermediate level Photoshop users."
The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book
"Excellent book!  Inexpensive and useful with tips!"
The Digital Photography Book, Part 2
The Digital Photography Book, Part 2
"More tips about digital photography by Scott Kelby."