I believe I have settled on a Cannon XT 8.0 meg unless I find a great deal on an XTi or a Nikon D80. I have not decided on my first lens yet but I will be getting a 50 f1.8 within a few months of buying a camera( I understand this is a must have lens). What lens do you have that you cannot live without? The one that you have on the camera most of the time for that RIGHT NOW shot. I would like something that would allow me to to take a wide range of pictures with little thought of which lens do I need for this shot. My hope is to learn as much as I can before I start worrying about what glass do I use. I am also looking into a photography class at the local community college. With the investment I am making on equipment, I don't think $115 for a 14 hour course on how to better use it is too much to consider.