Nick, Karl you both make truly excellent points, I though that I should share this list of items on my purchase list to see if there is anything I have missed. remember I intend to do general as well as aviation photography hence some of the bits of kit.
Camera and Lenses as above plus
WexPro 8GB 150x High Speed SDHC Card
Tamrac System 3 Camera Bag Black TA5603
Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod
Canon -->AC--> Adaptor Kit -->ACK-->-E5 for EOS 450D / 1000D
Canon -->RS-->-60E3 Remote Switch
Canon -->LP-->-E5 Battery Pack for 450D / 500D / 1000D
There are reasons for many of the items, spare battery to me would appear to be a no brainer on a long day out, Other non brainers is Bag, Memory, Remote Switch because have read various sources this would appear to be the correct way to enable long exposures which Is something I am desperate to have a go at, -->AC--> Adapter because another thing I would love to have a go with is time lapse, finally tripod simply because I can see a need for this on occasion at least.
What would be recommended as a reasonable piece of editing software?
Also would you recommend getting any filters etc..?
If any one else has any input please chime in the more input the better.
Edited to say I have just ordered:
Canon 450D for Dummies from the reviews it would appear to be a good read/resource anyone here got it/read it, plus any other recommendations for reading material is welcomed warmly
[Edited 2009-10-06 11:40:47]