Hey there y'all, first time poster here. Seems like an extremely informative community, glad I stumbled across this place as it seems like the best photography forum. Cheers! Been making some decent cash booking/promoting music events around the country, but nobody ever has a decent camera - and if they do I never get the type of shots I'm looking for. Going to be purchasing an entry-level DSLR and was looking for advice as to what would be my best choice when it comes to a basic body/lens combo that would provide a good starting point for concert/club photography. Would prefer to keep my initial investment to around $600, but might be willing to go as high as $800 if convinced that it's worth spending the extra month saving the money - used/refurbished equipment is cool with me, keep that in mind. Excellent low-light performance is a necessity as this camera's main purpose will be for concert/club photography High-powered intel (moving) lighting, LED panels, video projectors, occasionally lasers, and almost always fog to bring the lighting out will be present at most events Will almost always have access to being on stage for shooting, so a zoom lens won't often be a necessity. Most venues will be no larger than 2000 capacity, usually 500-1000 - so even if I want a shot from behind the crowd I'm never too far from the stage. Really like the grip of Nikon cameras, with Canon coming in close second. Couldn't handle holding a Sony all night. Also, what do y'all think about the utility of live view in an environment like this? Seems like it'd be helpful for getting overhead shots, reaching around equipment, and getting frontal shots on stage w/o blocking the crowds view of the artist if I had a flip-out LCD too. Think it'd be worth the extra money in this situation? Since that'd mean the D5000, I'd also be getting video which would be a plus. Here's a couple photos that give a good idea of the type of environment I'll be photographing. Not trying to pick amazing photos, just the ones that portray what I'll be shooting. These 4 are from the same event, to give a feel for variation in lighting... ...and a couple more that I thought did a good job showcasing my environment ...and here's a video that has most of the typical lighting features, gives ya an idea of how chaotic this environment can be Thanks in advance y'all, and if you happen to dig experimental hip-hop beats please check my blog located below in my sig.