I took the liberty of ordering myself a new tripod which can be found here...
I also decided to take the sweet deal currently being offered at Best Buy online for the D200. It's currently $599 which is an unbeatable deal. The camera came out in 2005 I think, but it's a professional body at a amateur price. When the camera first came out, I think it was around $1500...maybe more. Here's a link to the Best Buy listing...
UPDATE: Looks like the deal of a century is over and the price is back up to $799. Boy was I lucky.
Before I start investing in some speedlights, I'd like to grab a few more lenses first. Next on my list is Nikon's f/1.4 50mm. Will be nice for some low light shooting. After that, in no particular order, I plan to pick these up in no particular order:
- Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
- Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8
- Tamron 12-24mm (don't remember the F stop with this one and I'm too lazy to look it up right now)
Well I'm done sitting inside. Time to get out and enjoy this weather.