Well, I'm a happy boy, felt in the mood to spend some money, so I got a BG-E1 battery grip for my 300D, as well as a new lens: Tamron SP AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) All the reviews I've read about this lens have been very good, and I decided to go with it. I already have the 28-75mm f/2.8 version from the same line of lenses and it also has the same reputation for performance. So far, mine also appears very nice, bar the lens needing to be re-calibrated (I put that in the "shit happens" category, personally, it's fine since it was serviced). We tested the 17-35 in the studio at work today, and wow, it's awesome... Very sharp at both 17 and 35mm, all the way through the aperture range. Very slightly softer at f/2.8 and f/22, as one might expect, but still excellent. The photographer was impressed. He called me later in the afternoon to tell me that he took test shots with the Canon L lens of similar spec he purchased second hand this week for AUD$1200 and he said there's almost no difference between the pics. I paid AUD$784. Can't say I'm not happy as Larry!