To start I guess I should give y'all some info. Currently I have a Canon EOS 3000 body with the kit lens that came with it(I barely ever use this one) Plus I bought another lens at the same time. The EF 75-300mm 4.0-5.6 II lens. I bought all this stuff almost 12 years ago now for just over $1000.00CDN. Not worth much now but they all still work great. I have been using the Kodak EasyShare C633 that we have and I like the fact that I can snap a shot and get the "immediate gratification" with the digital. The obvious thing I don't like is the limiting factor of the P&S camera. I mean you can change a few of the settings but not to do the range of photography that I like to do. The photos that I have been taking a lot of and find myself liking a whole lot are the landscape, sunrise and sunsets, animals and birds (zoom) and some, what I guess would be called "macro" shots. I have been wanting to get more into portraits although not the posed type but the "natural" captures of life. Anyways, my question is after searching all over the 'net as well as looking through some of the posts on here about lenses I find my head swimming with the choices in lenses out there. I am looking at purchasing the Canon EOS 400 (Rebel XTi) and I know that I can use the lenses that I already have with that particular body but I'd like to get some better quality lenses without going over a couple hundred dollars. I am definitely going to get the Canon 50mm f/1.8 EFII lens for some better macro shots (I know that it's not a very durable lens but for what I need it's perfect plus I'm not rough on my lenses). However, I don't know if I want or need to buy any other type of lenses for telephoto shots. Whether it's a zoom or not is another question as I've heard that the "prime" lenses give better quality than the zoom lenses but I like the freedom of the zoom lenses. I have probably confused everyone here with exactly what I'm looking for now and I apologize for my scattered thoughts (codeine induced mind wanderings) but what I'd like to know is based on what type of photography that I'm interested in what other lenses do y'all think I should be looking at? Once again I don't want to spend much more than 3-400 on any one lens, and can I get away with sticking with the lenses that I have and just getting the macro lens? On another note I'd also like to see a direct comparison between the 50mm f/1.8 and the more expensive f/1.4. I know the build is much better but is it worth the extra 200 bucks? I don't think it is. TIA for any replies. :mrgreen: ttfn CDL.