Thanks everyone for taking a look.
Yes this is an expensive hobby no doubt. I am hoping to be well satisfied with the 50-500 and so far it is looking good. Just need the sun to come out to give it a real test. Just dropped another small bundle on tripod and head today and that should be it for the entire outfit. Funny how things work out sometimes, I was able to scrape up exactly theamount of money needed to get everything. Had to sell a coupletoys to get there but it will be worth it!
Can't wait to get a chance at some interesting subjects.
I know what you are saying ladyforty I have not picked up my fz1 for the last 3 weeks. I am keeping it though as it will still be great for my backpacking camera.