Hi Everyone, I don't post that often, more of a lurker really, but you guys always seem so knowledgable and friendly when it comes to advice that I thought I would check out your words of wisdom on my dilemma... and what a nice one it is! I've recently had a bit of an unexpected windfall, and while the practical side of me is saying stash the cash away in savings for a rainy day, the photographer side of me (and my husband too suprisingly!) is saying you didn't know you would get this money, spend it on something that makes you happy and makes even the rainy days fun! So I'm thinking about upgrading or expanding my photographic equipment... The windfall is a lovely £1750 (approx $2700 I believe), so there's a fair amount of cash to play with... A bit of background on my current kit and shooting habits: I own a Canon 400D with 18-55mm kit lens and a Sigma f3.5 70-300mm lens, I guess I'm what you would term an enthuiastic amateur - have a good grasp of the camera's functions, have been on numerous courses (most recently a city & guilds) and understand a good deal about photography techniques etc although I am still learning and improving with practice. I don't get a chance to shoot as often as I would like, being a full time employee for someone else! When I do shoot it tends to be mainly people (some portrait, some candid, family occasions & events etc) or detail shots. Landscapes don't inspire me greatly although the camera accompanies me on my travels and holidays... I also have a Canon AE-1 Program film camera with f1.8 50mm lens & a f2.8 75-200mm lens, which I occasionally use to shoot black & white film to process in my home darkroom. I also have a flash unit for this camera that I can use limitedly on my D-SLR as well but I don't tend to use it that often. I prefer using available natural light for the most part, although I had the use of a studio during my C&G course and was really impressed with the possibilities of studio work. So my dilemma is, what do I spend the money on... current thoughts are leaning towards upgrading the camera body - particularly I'm keen to get a full-frame sensor and a larger range of ISO to cope with low light conditions (currently limited to a very noisy 1600 on the 400D) so am leaning towards the 5D MkII although I may have to put some extra money in. Other thoughts are should I invest in a lens, or perhaps upgrade my bog standard tripod (although I tend to handhold most of the time anyway), buy some extras (better camera bag, perhaps a flash?), or even venture into the realms of a small studio setup? I've only just starting considering what to spend out on, so am completely open to suggestions. I'd really love to hear what you would do with this opportunity, or if you were in a similar situation at a point in your photography journey what did you buy that made a difference or that now you couldn't live without?