Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

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Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?
Sep 23, 2007

I preordered my 40D with 17-85mm IS USM lens for $1584 CDN and it is coming in early October. In the meantime, I'm trying to get all the accessories ready so I can start shooting right away. This will be my first SLR camera so I am very excited!

So far I plan to purchase these accessories:
1) 4 GB Sandisk Extreme III CF card
2) Crumpler 5 million dollar home camera bag
3) Sigma 18-200mm OS lens (I plan to sell the 17-85 lens)

This is what I need advice on:

1) Filter: Can someone recommend an inexpensive (but still okay quality) UV filter and where to buy it? I'm going to just use it as a protective barrier for the lens.

2) Battery: I am not sure what the difference is between the various types of compatible batteries. I found this battery for cheap but don't know if it is reliable:
http://www.batterydepot.com/battery/CC-0570

3) A tripod: I don't want to spend more than $75 on a tripod because I rarely use one. I mainly want a small one (

4) Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

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