Gear, gear, more gear.
For you gearheads out there, a few words on what I'm shooting with.
I started out with a Rebel XT back when they were the latest model, which I then bought a 17-85mm lens for. This was the extent of my gear until a few months later when I bought a 70-300mm telephoto for it and simultaneously contracted the very expensive disease that is a photography hobby.
Fast forward a few years and most of my disposable income and I'm now using a 40D, with my XT as backup. I've still got the 17-85mm and the Sigma 70-300, but add to those a Canon 50mm (f1.8), 17-55mm, 10-22mm, 70-200 f4L, not to mention my sigma 150mm macro. I have a 430EX flashgun and a set of kenko extension tubes which are essential for most of the insect photos you see on the site. When heading underwater I use an Ikelite 40D/50D housing with the modular 8" dome port and a DS160 substrobe, along with some "Magic" filters and hopefully soon a macro port big enough for the sigma 150mm.
A gear page wouldn't be complete without at least a little mention of the website. Having spent a boatload on gear I felt it made at least a little sense that I invest in preserving and displaying my art, so voila the website you see in front of you. I think it's probably a mistake more than a few hobbyists make--thousands of dollars in gear, countless hours of your time, but no good place to store photos, or any easy way to show them off besides printed and framed. Anyhow, I've gone for a pro account with Smugmug, which isn't cheap by website standards, but costs less than the shipping duty on my latest camera toy and is an incredibly powerful tool for getting photos out there. (Shameless plug) Here's a coupon to save $5 off a site of your own: 93vkUmtcJlfLA
I'm only too happy to chat about equipment with anyone who asks (try the contact page), and I also sometimes post on The Digital Grin
, a forum that is a valuable tool to anyone looking to get started.