This isn't my usual long-winded narrative, but maybe it'll give a few of you a chuckle or two. If it does, my work has been successful As you may know, or may figure out from my display picture, i'm still a teenager. I'll be 17 in just under 2 months. I've gotten pretty deep into photography in the past year primarily, though it's been a process underway for the better part of 3 years. As a not-yet-working-steadily, over-school-worked, sleepless full time high school student, I bet you also already figured out that I don't have a huge income either. This morning is my first morning back from Ohio, where I was visiting my sister. I left the day after my D200 arrived, which was in the afternoon of friday the 16th. I got to shoot some in my grandmother's backyard, then at my mom's boss' house at night, and finally at dinner and my father's house late at night. On saturday I was so tired (only 2 hours of sleep) that I promptly went back to sleep for 3 hours, then had to hurriedly pack and get out the door. I still haven't gotten a chance to shoot the D200 out in my own yard, on my own street! So this morning I had a bright idea. Why not go out and take some pictures? So I stuck my EN-EL3E on the charger for a quick recharge of the 20% or so used up last night, and started unpacking my camera bag. I started by prepping my zooms. I switched the lens caps from my 17-35 and 70-200 back to my usual setup. then I got out my MF lenses, D70, PK-13 extension tube, and grabbed my F3 from the dresser. I put the 17-35 in my lowepro lens case, hood on, ready for grabbing, along with the spare body caps and rear lens caps. my 28/3.5 went on the F3, 50/1.4AIS on the D200 (it's getting a lot of use with the aperture priority metering), and 70-200 in its case. My D70 got a CF card and remained lens-less for the moment. Then I put the battery in the D200 and began to load up my gear to go outside. The D200 went around my neck. The D70 went on my right shoulder My F3 went over the right shoulder and around to my back. The 17-35 got the SB-600 case attached to its lowepro case, then went over my left shoulder along with the 70-200 VR. As I moved, now somewhere around 10 pounds heavier I would think, I had a big reality check. I was going outside to take some pictures for fun. I had loaded up with 3 bodies, 4 lenses, extension tubes, a flash, 3 gigabytes of compactflash memory, batteries for over 4000 shots, plus a film camera. My two largest lenses were absolutely massive and retail for over $1400 each. My bodies are some of the best ever made, and cost me something like $3000. Add the odds and ends, plus the MF lenses, flash and so on, and I was going out for fun shooting with over $6,500 in gear! What are teenagers coming to these days...wait a minute, I AM a teenager! And for any teenager, that is a lot of money. But it doesn't come down to money in the end. I've stopped to think about it and thank my lucky stars that I've got such an opportunity to create beautiful photographs so early in my life. I still haven't gone outside though...i'm too hungry and the pizza shuld be here any minute. After that's done and my hands have been degreased and thoroughly sanitized, I may touch my D200 again. :biggrin: Hope you enjoyed the read!