Odds and ends.
The Vivitar shutter controller is so useful and fun, I’ve decided to add it to the recommended accessories list. Also, If you don’t have an APS-C super wide-angle zoom, I’d recommend the Sigma 10-20mm F/3.5 (reviewed below) over the similar, but less expensive Sigma, and the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8. I’m polishing the Tokina review right now, and should have it ready in a couple of days. Optically, the Tokina is superb through most of the focal range, but it has some drawbacks that are troublesome. If you don’t need the extra light gathering ability of a wide aperture, and already have the Sigma 10-20mm F/4-5.6; just keep using it, and save yourself some money.
A couple of articles almost ready are; flash use outdoors, and how to properly remove lateral color
fringing in your pictures.