I never thought I'd be posing this question but....What should I buy? :blushing: Here is the situation. I've just received a bonus from my employer. I want to spend it on some sort of photo equipment. (well most of it will go to paying off my credit card...but I'm not opposed to racking it up a bit again for this). I'm thinking I'd like to spend around $500-$1000 CDN. Maybe a bit more if it's worth it. I am starting out in the wedding photography (and portrait) field, so I'd like to get something that will help further that. I am thinking that I will someday purchase the successor to the 5D (full frame) but I'll still keep my 20D. So far, here are some of my main considerations. EF 17-40 F4L Price is right. I have the 18-55 EF-S kit lens for this length...but I've heard so many good things about this lens. Plus, when I do get a full frame...it will be super wide. EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM Price is in my range. I've heard good things about this too...and IS would be great. However, I do plan to get a full frame DSLR in the future...although I will still have my 20D to use this with. EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM It's a bit past my price range but everything I hear is that this is the cat's ass...especially when I go full frame. Wide Fast Prime lens I'd like a 24mm F1.8 or maybe a 28mm F1.8 Studio light I've been looking at an Alien Bee package. To start...probably one B800 light with stand, case, big reflector umbrella and medium soft-box. Part of my business plan includes doing on-site portraits (of kids mostly)...and I think that this would really help facilitate that. I've actually got a few child portrait sessions coming up...and a lot of my family & friends are having kids these days. This could also be useful for bridal/wedding applications. Also, I have never really worked with studio lights and I really think that learning and practicing with this will help me become a better photographer. Canon Flash Unit I've been using a Braun Vario-Zoom flash unit for a long time. I think that I'm fairly competent using it and it does the job well enough (I think the GN is 110 so that's farily powerfull, isnt' it?). It is limited in that it is not TTL and only has auto settings for F4 & F8. With a 580 (or 550) EX for example...I could take advantage of TTL metering and other features of my camera. Maybe I could get by with a 430EX but I've heard that for wedding work...the 550 or 580 are much better. That's what I can think of for now. If anyone can relate any experience with any of this...or with similar decisions...that would be appreciated. How about off brand lenses? I know that some of them are pretty good but I have not really researched them. I'd be willing to consider something from Sigma or Tamron etc. but I'd like to hear what others have to say about it.