As always, thanks for the great info! I keep forgetting about FredMiranda.com....gotta check them out. I've been toying with selling some of my older Canon 35mm stuff, but I know I won't get crap for the stuff on Ebay...FredMiranda may be worth a second thought there
On the battery grip....actually I think that's going to end up being a "must have" for me...not so much because of the extra battery juice, but because of the vertical mount. I shoot -a lot- of portrait pics and I have a sneakin suspician that the vertical grip might make my life a little easier with the new camera. I am glad to hear about the battery life on those NB-2LH batteries (I'm assuming that's what your 30D uses as well). Battery life is a biggy for me...I've seen way to many folks (amature's I sure) at various places where I shoot, like that Bird's of Prey Photo Day, walking around with a scoul on their face because their batteries went dead! LOL!!! With my Sony and my Olympus (which I just sold), it was no biggy...if my batteries went dead and I didn't have any spare rechargables, I could just stop off and pick up a pack of Duricells or Energizers since both cameras use AA's. These propriatary batteries though...we'll see what happens. I tend to shoot -A LOT- of pictures when I'm out and about...when I did my squirrel shoot in the Cleveland MetroParks, I was literally averaging about 100 shots per hour! When I go to someplace like a zoo or a nature center, it's not uncommon for me to shoot 300-400 easily...that usually adds up to a lot of battery juice. I'm sure at some point or other, I'll probably pick up a spare or two anyways, for peace of mind if nothing else.
I'm not too worried about image stabilization on lenses...my old Canon 35mm never had IS and I've never been totally convinced the IS on my Sony H1 even works. If a given lens has it, groovy, but it's actually not a huge selling point for me at this time, but we'll see what the future holds there.
I agree with you on the memory card thing...I probably will be shooting mostly JPEG and not RAW. I'll probably do a few RAW's just to see how much of an advantage it is, but honestly, I've never had any problems with shooting JPEG. Not to be insulting to anyone, but to me RAW really seems to be a "cheat" for folks who don't really know how to get the shot right the first time! LOL!!! I'm sure it is a very powerful tool in a photographer's arsenal, but it really seems like lots of folks rely on it just a little too much...I'd rather get the picture right when I'm taking it rather then trying to fix it later....where possible
I love your shots there...I think I've seen your gorilla shot before. I've been trying to shoot the snow leapards at the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo now on and off for about two years...have yet to come up with an acceptable image. Your Panda shot....where did you take that at? I would -love- to shoot panda's, but the closest are at the Cincinatti Zoo...about a 4 hour drive from here, so it's probably not going to happen any time soon.
Since I got the "package deal" on the camera, as soon as it arrives, you can bet I'm going to get out shooting with it. I'm hoping the camera will get here before the end of the Smoky Mountains exibit that I've been talking about ends...I really want to take another crack at those bear cubs! I will certainly be posting pics for review as soon as they start rolling off the new camera.
Alrighty, again thanks for the great advice! I'm sure as soon as the camera gets here, I'm gonna have a TON of questions! LOL!!!