I'm a complete newb to this, but worse I have no RC experience beyond simple fwd/rev/left/right type toys. I'm hoping to set up a Fingwing Penguin as a UAV for aerial photography and multi-spectral NDVI as part of a project here at work (basically copying what the fellow over at http://flightriot.com is doing and I've been in touch with him). I've been researching furiously and I've compiled a shopping list of parts but I would really appreciate any advice anyone can offer. I'm not even sure how to connect some of this stuff up!
Finwing Pengiun ARF kit $199
Autopilot APM 2.5+ ArduPilot Mega 2.5 Fully Assembled $179:
3DR Radio Telemetry Kit 915Mhz $89:
3DR uBlox GPS with digital compass $89:
Frsky DJT $40:
UBEC (auxillary power) $10:
Mission Planner flight software $0:
Canon Hackers Development Kit $0:
Again, any advice appreciated!