One thing with a tripod - buy a good one. Spend the cash. I've read it, advice from others and all, who bought cheap ones and hated them. Did it myself- bought the cheap one but it doesn't hold still.
The only cheap one I liked is the GorillaPod. They make a mini one and a DSLR size one.
It was so funny when it happened because it was a mix of one of the highlights of our trip balanced against this bad situation...
We were one of the last people to ride Screamn and my wife was in a wheelchair, we got one of the last 3 trains. But we wanted to do the baby swap with our niece (who was our take along sitter for the trip). When my wife and I got off, they told us to hold up a moment as they cycled everyone out. And then they offered my wife and niece their very own ride - last one of the night, just the two of them... Well, while waiting in the offload queue area, I was juggling two young kids and set the DSLR down for just a moment, and then forgot about it when we left. About 10 minutes later, I relaized it and when I went back it was gone and the CMs didn't know what happened to it....
Being that there was only CMs around and no park guests, I was very optimistic and hopeful, but after 3 weeks, the hope is kinda diminishing... Really praying for good news when I call over tomorrow :)
Otherwise its going to have to be a couple of more paychecks before we can replace that camera. ugh!
Such awesome shots!
Ohh, very nice photos! That 35mm sure is lovely. I have a 50mm f/1.8 that I use on my D80 and, while I love it, it's hard to use because of how close the subjects are. After looking through your photos, I probably should've gone with the 35mm. Sigh, oh well.
I too am looking to upgrade my camera body. The D80 has a major defect that really holds me back. It develops terrible amp noise when I try to shoot at higher ISO. I can pretty much only shoot up to ISO 500, MAYBE 800 before this purple haze starts developing on the side of my photos. My camera also develops horrible noise at higher ISO compared to other cameras. It's quite annoying. I'm hearing a lot of good things about the D7000, but unfortunately, I do not have the funds (or a job :T) to afford one. At the same time, though, I really want a full frame camera. But those price tags of a full frame camera... ouch! I really wish somebody develops a full frame camera that is cheap and affordable. Ah well, one can dream right?
You might want to look at the D5000. It's what I shoot, and I don't have problems with digital noise very often. I can shoot up to... probably 1400 with few problems. Cheaper than a 7000! Not sure what they run, but you could probably find a gently used on on CraigsList.