What I am using

Cameras: Sony a330 and Sony a550

Flash: Sony HVLF20AM TTL Digital Flash for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras   Entry level flash, worthwhile upgrade from the pop-up flash with the camera.  The indirect, or bouncing of the flash, makes pictures much better.

Lenses:  I have the kit lenses but have replaced most with Tamron alternatives and still evaluating a Sigma lens.

 

Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT

This was a cheap way to look at a “prime” fixed lens.  So far I have only looked at macro capabilities.  Rather small when attached to camera, focus motor is loud but snappy.

Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP ZL Aspherical

 

Having had luck with Tamron lenses I picked this up with intentions of it being my every day lens.  Performs well but since I am hooked on macro photography this one isn’t working out for me.

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 SLD Aspherical DC Optical Stabilized (OS) Lens with Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) for Sony Digital SLR Cameras

Curious of the difference between Sigma and Tamron I bought this to check for applicability to the every day lens.  I have found the focus is not fast or even accurate.  I have to give it high marks for construction.  I bounced this lens off a concrete floor.  Expecting it to be destroyed, I mounted it and the lens operated with no noticeable to mechanical or image issues.

Tamron AF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD

This lens is my favorite so far.  I was pleasantly surprise that it included a macro capability.  Written right on the lens body is “Tele-Macro”

 

Miscellaneous:

Tripod  
Joby GP3 Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod with BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level for Digital SLR Cameras
Neewer Aluminum 50″ Tripod for Sony D-SLR
Bag  
  Recently received an upgraded version of the bag I have been using and the upgrade is great.
Kata DR467i
MountainSmith Kit Cube; great way to add camera storage and protection to a backpack.

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