Well, I (like all the other newbies here) spent the last month or so reading all the reviews, looking all all the images and reading what you experienced folks had to say, and after all that....I chose my equipment! THis is the kit I'll be using CANON 20D equipped with TAMRON 17-50 glass, outfitted with a HOYA POLARIZER FILTER sitting atop a MANFROTTO 190XDB tripod clamped to a MANFROTTO 486RC2 HEAD. I hope this'll do the trick. Im new at this so it will take plenty of time to learn the equipment. I want to thank you all for the reviews. They are extremely helpful to me and all the other newbies. We appreciate it.