Canon EOS Digital Rebel
This model's 15 minutes of fame have ended, but the accessorizing has just begun. One of the great things about a digital SLR camera is the ability to swap in a new lens, which gives you a new perspective on almost everything and really does reinvigorate your photography. Change your lens, change your life.
The accessories for the original Digital Rebel differ in only a few ways from the newer Rebel XT; one of the differences is the supported model of battery grip. Though you might wonder why you'd want one of these--the Rebel's battery lasts a reasonably long time--keep in mind that battery grip
is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually an add-on grip that duplicates the shutter-release button and the exposure-control dial to make shooting vertically more convenient.
If you're looking for a moderately priced general-purpose lens to mount on your Rebel, this Sigma looks like a good compromise. It has an effective focal range of about 38mm to 114mm (35mm equivalent), and the f/2.8 maximum aperture available throughout the range should give you plenty of exposure and depth-of-field flexibility.
A reasonably priced, telephoto complement to the 24mm-to-70mm model, with a 35mm-equivalent range of 112mm to 480mm. If you frequently shoot at the far end of the focal range, you may want to shell out a little more for the image stabilization in Canon's EF 75mm-to-300mm f/4-to-f/5.6 IS USM
model. The IS also buys you a couple of stops in exposure latitude.
This tiny backpack will let you comfortably carry your Rebel as well as a zoom lens and assorted accessories. It's padded, it has Velcro-configurable compartments, and it will protect your equipment from inclement weather.
An inexpensive tripod with an attached three-way head and quick-release plate that's suited for entry-level dSLR users. If you miss having a level (or three), you can pick up one for less than a buck at your local hardware store.
A well-priced CompactFlash card with the capacity and speed you'll need to shoot raw files.