I'm waaaay early with this subject but i like thinking about stuff like this Ok, so i've been approved to a student exchange program in Montana State University, spring term 2010. I'm going to make my Canon's shutter really suffer there but i feel like buying more stuff for it first . I'm planning on visiting places like New York, National park of Yellowstone, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and maybe Florida or sth like that (spring break :mrgreen. My gear so far is: - Canon 450D (XSi) - Kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 IS) - 50mm f/1,8 II (niftyfifty) - Lowepro Nova 160AW -camera bag - Cheap version of Gorillapod ... And what i'd LIKE to buy: - Tamron 17-50mm f/2,8 - EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS (telezoom) - Some UWA lens (Canon 10-22mm or Tokina 11-16mm) - Canon Speedlite 430 EX - Manfrotto 190cx3 + 488RC2 (carbon fiber tripod + ball head) - UV and CPL filters for the tammy - Back-up battery for the EOS The problem is that all those are going to cost an absolute fortune, given that i'm just a student. I'm probably heading to B&H photo since my first stop will be New York (new years eve :thumbup. But so far the B&H prices look kind of expensive especially since my home country is so expencive... And i have no idea how all the coupons etc there work / if you can get discount from there or not. From this lot I'm not really sure about the tamron, as whether my kit lens is worth upgrading to it or not. The UWA lens is one of my biggest question to you guys since i kind of have this feeling it might turn out to be very handy in places where i want to do some landscape photography - But then again the lens costs a lot! The expensive carbon fiber tripod is strong enough but not as heavy as a regular Manfrotto and i think i want to do some night photography as well so some sort of tripod i propably should have. But then again i'd appreciate if you'd suggest some cheaper ones which aren't a pain to carry around. And the flash i want because there propably will be situations where i want to take decent pictures of people. But i can't afford everything so what would you buy if you were me? Thanks for the all of you who could be bothered to read all this!