For Photography A Honl 8" Grey-Black Silver??-Black) Reflector / Speed Snoot; Honl Speed Strap (Not needed as Optek stuff came with velcro straps also but I'll keep it); Optek OSG-14 1/4" Speed Grid: Speed Grid; Opteck -18 1/8" Speed Grid; 2 77mm filter wrenches (acutally 3, the first order from Amazon only one of two in and they sent me a replacement with two); The Strobist "Lighting in Layers DVD set (on sale for $50 but didn't get the signed set promised but seller gave a $5 rebate on future orders); a roll of 2"x60' Surtape Gaffers Tape; and an Marumi 77mm DHG Super Circular Polarizer to replace the one that sacrificed itself to save a lens I dropped over gravel.
Best Gift: My family all together with me. Watched a movie Christmas Eve night and are having fun. Didn't get any real images (other than video of family opening presents as always every year) as having too much fun with the family. Oooppss, got to go, hot cider just became available.
Nikonians is the Smithsonian of Nikon knowledge. If there is a question they can't answer, I want to see the question.
A D7000 to replace (compliment) my trusty old D50.
Our son has been with us today so that has been great and the day has gone very well. Just hoping for a break in the constant rain to put the D7000 through its paces. So many more menus and options to get to grips with. I think I need Darrell's book Derek
My wife bought me half an Epson 3880 printer (I gave myself a present of the other half). This is my first photo quality printer. I was motivated by the frustration of getting prints that matched my calibrated monitor from any local shops.
I actually got the printer about 3 weeks ago because I got in on the last day of an Epson $300 rebate that ended November 30. The next day Epson announced a new $300 rebate for December, so I really didn't have to make what I thought was a last minute purchase from Amazon.com. Seeing I've had it for a while, I used my new printer to make some 12x18 inch prints that I matted and framed as Christmas gifts. This means I am already getting some return on my investment.
Gary in SE Michigan, USA. Co-organizer of the Southern Michigan Chapter Nikonians membership - My most important photographic investment, after the camera. D4, D810, D300 (720nm IR conversion), D90, F6, FM3a (black), FM2n (chrome) YashicaMat 124, Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 My Nikonians Gallery & Our Chapter Gallery
Actually, I am quite blessed in that department these days - can't say that I really need anything. Well, a 500mm would be nice but that's not realistic for now. But, I did get some nice new Merrell shoes, a great new watch, and some after shaves. All good.
My loving wife gave me a high-powered microscope with a built-in 2mp camera, and a Star-Trek style red "expendable" shirt from ThinkGeek. She's also understanding enough so exchanging it for a low-powered model better suited for coins isn't going to be a problem.
One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it. - Galen Rowell
I joined the single digit club with a D3, my wife gets my D300... it's a win win. Really happy with it, the low ISO performance is amazing. I have longed for full frame since we attended an indoor Rodeo. The D300 just couldn't cut it in low light but the D3, all I can say is Wow! I will lose the crop factor on my long shots, but that just opens the discussion for better glass. As my profile says, my NAS is under control as I have arrived. I say give it a year and it will be back in full force