My new hobby has so far cost me several hundred dollars and there appears to be no end in sight. I guess I should have figured that photography, like all hobbies, is going to become extremely expensive if I let it but I never imagined that software could cost $700 or that a tripod could cost $700. Just recently, I heard one of my classmates say that one of his lenses cost $800! Fortunately, I also understand from another classmate that if you become pretty good with your camera, you can forget about all the other outrageous expenses associated with it. This particular person, has a consumer camera (not a fancy SLR) and her work is astonishing. She does a lot of abstract and artistic photography and she is really good at it.
I do plan on investing in a telephoto lens and a macro lens. I will also buy the Photoshop CS3 softwar because even though it has a sticker price of $700, I can buy it for $285 because I am an enrolled student. That is a really good deal!!!