So I'm planning a small mini vacation coming up in mid-July for about 3 days. I'll be heading over to Lake Michigan, possibly Ludington or Manistee. Both are on the Lake, and both have lighthouses I'd like to capture. Manistee also has a national forest. I'm debating whether or not I want to get myself a lens, or a nice tripod for traveling (will be doing hiking along the beach, through the woods, and in the cities). The two lenses I'm considering are; Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 III I'm not sure on what tripod, but I've heard nothing but good things about Monfrotto (spelling?), and would be willing to pay the price for something that is going to last.