Well, I'm home from the Nanpa convention. I feel like I was a kid in a candy store. You literally get to try every lens and camera body Canon has ( well, not the 1200mm!). You get to see every tripod and most heads that are available. You get to meet and hear lectures from world class phototgraphers. And most fun of all, you are around 700 other folks who want to talk about photoagrahy as much as you do! I problably would have never joined and gone if the convention had not been in my back yard, but it was truly a once in a life time opportunity. Next year's will be at Indian Wells, California--near Palm Springs (and lost tripods). For those of you on the west coast, this is well worth the money. You can even attend on a day by day basis. Anyone wanting more info can PM and I'll be happy to tell you more.