Not actual optical gear, but new gear nonetheless.
As I mentioned earlier, having my camera with me at all times is something that will help me achieve my goal of becoming a better photographer. Having said that, on my way to work I am already carrying a backpack containing my lunch, pass card, iPod, etc. In addition, I work in and park in a very crappy part of town, so a second bag, or obvious camera bag was out of the question.
So, I hit up Don's Photo, my local brick and mortar photo store, and picked up a new bag. I chose the Lowepro Primus AW for a few reasons:
1. Tripod carrier built in.
2. All-weather cover included.
3. Side zipper camera pouch for fast access.
4. Daypack section for my non-photo related needs.
5. 50%+ recycled materials!
6. Helps to preserve Polar Bear habitat.
Pretty much a perfect pack for me for day to day, and until I add a few more lenses it should be a more than capable dedicated camera bag as well.
Speaking of lenses, I discovered that Don's also rents lenses, so in anticipation of a zoo visit with my kids and family friends on the weekend of September 19th, I've reserved a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM for that weekend. It's received rave reviews and I'm considering the f/4 version as my go-to telephoto a few years down the road. Seems like a good time to try one out.
I'm excited to try out the new lens, but I will admit that there is a certain amount of abject terror involved in renting a $2,200 piece of glass and lugging it around with a 3 year old for two days.