So I'm going on a family trip to Aruba around Christmas, I think it's like five or six days, it'll be a welcome change from the cold and rain we've been having up in New England!
I currently own a 400D, the kit lens, and a Sigma 20mm f/1.8 (bought it for front row concert photography). My father has a 350D and a Sigma 18-200 OS, though I doubt I'll get much time to play with his lens since he'll probably be using it. I will be going home to Long Island next week for Thanksgiving, and I plan on taking a trip into NYC to visit B&H to try out some new lenses. I have a budget of about $1000 ($1500 if I stop buying beer...:p), and I'm not entirely sure what I should seriously be considering. The budget is somewhat flexible, though extravagance is kind of out.
I'm looking to cover anything from vegging out on a beach to 4x4 adventuring, and possibly some nightlife (depends on how much I feel like drinking, if there's lots of drinking the fancy camera is staying home and my old PowerShot S45 is coming out). I have no problems using prime lenses (the 20mm f/1.8 hasn't left my camera since spring), and I would prefer constant aperture for any zooms, though that might be out of my price range. I'm also open to suggestions on useful filters to have.
Also, my dad has a few old FD lenses, I'm curious if it's worth $50 to buy a FD/EOS converter to use them, or just save the money for EOS lenses. I'm not sure of the specs on the lenses, he's going to check for me tonight.