2. Intervalometer - I had the Canon release (only) and it sucks, so I bought the Vello intervalometer and it works perfectly for $30
Dear Mackguyver, I've been thinking about getting an intervalometer and I also don't want to spend a lot on it. Would you mind posting the model number?
Sure, it's the Vello Shutterboss Version II Timer Remote Switch for Canon with 3-Pin Connection. I paid $37.50 for it - just a bit better than the $169 Canon price Make sure you get version II.
You can get the same intervalometer from Amazon for under $20:
As you can see from the product images, it's the same device, only with different branding and graphics. Some Chinese company must make these and OEM them out under a variety of brand labels. I bought mine from Amazon (under another brand name entirely) about 3 years ago for less than 16 bucks. I've used it a ton with 3 different bodies, and no problems whatsoever.
I also went cheap (in price, not quality) with lens caps, replacing the old Canon style on all my lenses with Tamron-brand center-pinch versions. Now that I've upgraded a couple of my lenses, and the new ones have Canon's center-pinch caps, I have some spares!