Tuesday I went out for some Bulgarian Miak (guess the movie I got that from). Instead I ended up at Circuit City, bought a Canon 40D with 28-135mm Kit Lens ( ) 2GB CF Card (shoulda got a bigger one, ) and a USB Card Reader (didn't have one for the laptop that would read CF, just SD), and a 2 year "IDIOT PROTECTION" warranty. With 8% discount on the camera itself everything came to 1765.xx Overall I'll happy, I don't like the lens so much... Or the limited size of the CF card (only 150 something pics with Raw+JPG) Had some issues focusing in AF, and a little in M, but got it mostly worked out, it was a combination of my viewfinder being incorrectly set and my AF point For example Before Fixing: Blurry Birdah (was focusing on his eye, it chose his wing ) So i tried something else, this is the 2nd one, already deleted the first, the 1st one was WAYY off so I adjusted some things and got this BUT This morning, wtf I take a picture of a tree rat (squirrlah) and when i do 1:1 on him he's all friggen blurry, this is at 1:3 crop, and sharpened the hell out of it in PS to get it at least SOMEWHAT viewable... i turned off all 9 af points and set it to center with Spot metering, manual focus... and at f/5.6 and 1/200 shutter... I captured a much better view of the birdah PS I took the typical cliche doggah/flowah pics but didn't want to post them as you guys usually rip new aperture holes for that stuff QUESTIONS: Whats a good bag to go with? - preferably backpack type as I do like to go hiking/riding (motorcycle) and usually am kicking myself for not having a camera with me... I want to make sure this doesn't happen anymore, that and I need protection for it. tripods Are manfrotto Tripods good/bad?