I posted this on another forum, but it was just a photography section, not a forum dedicated to photography in general.] Anyway, the plan is to vacation with my family this summer in eastern Canada. Planned locations so far are Niagra falls and Ottawa (on Canada Day) and, no doubt, various hiking expeditions. My Current Equipment is: - D40 - 18-55 kit lens - 55-200 VR - 35mm f/1.8 DX - 28mm f/2.8 Series E - 50mm f/1.8 Series E - SB600 Now, I know this is certainly a capable setup, but I'd like to expand my opportunities a bit. Here's what I'm thinking... A decent tripod and ball head. Right now, I just have some uber-crapola Velbon I'm borrowing from a relative. What decent tripod and ball-head can I get for up to $200 CAD? Ultra wide-angle lens Likely the Sigma 10-20, the Nikon 12-24 is too bleedin' expensive. Still, any ultra-wide is pretty expensive and I don't know how often I'd actually use this lens otherwise. Maybe I should just rent one? Rumour has it that Nikon is introducing a 10-24mm DX, which could be interesting. A second body My D40 currently has some 28,000 shutter clicks. At the rate I've been going, I'll have about 36,000+ clicks by the time I leave for the vacation. I know shutters should last longer than that (I have a way of beating odds against when they cause misfortune to me ), but I would sure hate for the shutter to die in the middle of my vacation. So, I'm not quite sure where to go from here. I could: Simply buy a second D40. They're certainly cheap enough. Buy a used D50 or D70. Should be cheaper still and image quality appears roughly equivalent to the D40's, plus I'll have a body that can AF with screwdriver-type AF lenses. Are there any significant features either these bodies are lacking compared to the D40? Use the opportunity to upgrade to a D90, which I can afford but not necessarily justify affording, especially if I'm about to spend a bunch of money on a vacation. Plus, I don't think I really care about the improved sensor performance. I think my ideal camera would be the D200 for the controls, handling and non-CPU lens metering but, again... $$$. I might bring one of my seldom-used film cameras as a sort of backup (probably my FM), but I'm not experienced / good enough with film to be comfortable or confident using it exclusively.