Hi, I'm new on the forum and looking for some help choosing my first dslr. I'm sure you guys get loads of these threads, so i did some searching first but i couldn't find anything comparing the two exact kits I'm interested in. Anyways I've narrowed it down to either a nikon d60 kit with 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses for $699, and a canon rebel xs kit with 18-55 and 75-300mm lenses for $774. Links to each kit: Nikon- Nikon D60 Kit with AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED II DX and AF-S Canon- Camera Canada - Canada's dot.com for Cameras - Product Information Like i said this will be my first dslr camera, so my knowledge of all this is pretty basic. What i do know is that i will be using the camera to take pictures of pretty much anything in all kinds of lighting, but a fair amount of my shooting will take place at my track&field meets where it will usually be bright and sunny. I'll also be taking a lot of bmx photos as well so it's important that the camera is well suited to sports photography. A few things I like about the Nikon are the price, ease of use (according to reviews), and the fact that both kit lenses have the autofocus motor. A few things I'm not to crazy about is the camera body not having the AF motor built in, and the fact that the bigger lens only goes to 200mm. The main things i like about the Canon is the amount of AF points (7 compared to the Nikons 3) and the lens kit. A lot of the photos i take at track meets will be from farther away, so the 75-300mm lens should be better than the 55-200 in the Nikon right? So if you were to compare these two kits which one would you say is better overall? Also which one has a better value? The Canon kit costs more, but do the lenses make up for that? A few other little things, I notice the 75-300mm Canon lens has the usm motor built in, but the 18-55mm lens does not. Does that mean the 18-55 doesn't work on AF? or does it just use a different system? Also since the Nikon requires the AF-S lens to autofocus will it end up costing me alot more in the long run to add lenses to a Nikon kit? That's one thing I'm worried about since whichever one i buy now i will likely be committed to that company for a long time as i build up my kit. And last, are there any really important accessories you would recommend i look at? I've already tracked down a decent tripod and I'm looking into some hoods for the lenses. Sorry for the millions of questions, and thanks a lot in advance for any help you guys give me. It's greatly appreciated.