We learned a bit about understanding lenses. Glass and aperture usually dictates pricing levels. There are 2 types of lenses: a fixed or prime lens which produces very sharp photos and a zoom lens which of course offers a good range.
I’ve decided that I want my next lens to be a Nikon 35 mm prime. Look at that aperture! 1.8! Beautiful. And on my Nikon D40, a photo taken at 35mm provides a normal angle view (for many cameras it’s 50mm). It’s a $200 lens but that’s much better than the $1000 lens I was salivating over!
On tripods and monopods, there’s a whole range of ones out there. I think they are a good investment. I’m really kicking myself for leaving mine in Africa! The teacher had this one in class, an inexpensive flexible one that seems like it might be worthwhile.
I think I have chosen an expensive hobby. Oh, well! I still love it!