Well, let me get straight to the point. I have been using my sisters SLR for awhile, an old KM camera, but I want to move into the digital photography scene for myself and purchase my first camera. I am willing to pay for the goods and I have a budget of around $1,500 - $1,600. So here are the questions: 1. Should I buy the camera online from a website like Ebay? I know the Camera's aren't any cheaper, but they do have a lot of kits up there. For example: http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-30D-Digital-SLR-USA-Camera-2LENS-4GB-PKG-NEW_W0QQitemZ7628157608QQcategoryZ43454QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem or http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-30D-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-1GB-Kit-NEW-USA_W0QQitemZ7626427235QQcategoryZ43454QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Just curious if it is wise to do that. 2. Insuring / Protecting my camera. I live with my parents *I'm 19 btw*, so homeowners insurance addons are not an option. So what are options for protecting my camera. I am naturally a clumsy person, BUT, I have yet to ever drop and/or break anything of real value to me, so I know I will be careful with the Camera. But if it's on a tripod, and I have a kid come around and knock it down or anything like that, I need to have that protection against anything like that. 3. Lenses.... Here we go, I need a lens to take sports photography with. I'd say "cheap" recommendations. But how about something for good value. What do you believe is a good lens for that. I also want another lens for taking photo's for scenery and of people. I don't really want to spend money on expensive lenses just yet because I know I can upgrade later, I just want to learn with a few cheap but acceptable lenses, hopefully I could get a few good pics to post on this forum. Or is there a single lens I could buy that could handle both sports photography, scenery and portraits? 4. Accessories..... Is the battery grip needed? What is the best brand/type of memory card available for a EOS 30D? I'd prefer 1 gig or more to take pictures with highest quality. Also, what about a tripod, any suggestions of any great tripods and where I can buy them. I'm roughly 74" tall, so the taller the better. I think that will do for right this moment. Sorry I sorta rushed all these questions, probably could have presented them better, but it's getting late. Appreciate all replies in advance.