Hey I'm new here and after some advice! For the last few years I've been itching to get into photography a bit more than just weekend happy snaps but for some reason or another (money, time etc!) I havent had the chance. With Christmas coming up my parents have agreed to pay for some proportion of a DSLR for me which is great because although we already have a digital p&s I feel limited by it (it's at least 6 -8 years old with no manual settings... try taking photos of galloping horses with that!) I don't want to go down the film route because although I did photography in early high school (I'm 19 now) I've forgotten a lot of it and I dont want to be spending a lot of money getting photos developed that are full of mistakes. Also I want to be able to see my photos on the spot. I think once I've found my feet with DSLR photography then I might look into film. I plan mainly to photograph animals (anything from insects and birds up to horses). I want to do equine photography so I'll need something that can handle action shots well especially for things like showjumping and cross country. I don't plan to go pro at all, but there is a strong demand for equine photos at shows so I suppose with time I'll see how it all pans out. I can always upgrade later so really for the moment I just want something that I can learn on. Anyway, the advice bit (sorry for the rambling!) From what I can gather the four main entry level DSLRs are the Canon EOS 350D, Nikon D50, Pentax *ist and the Olympus. I've narrowed it down to the Canon and the Nikon, but am open to other suggestions. I've felt both in the shop and I definitely like the feel of the Nikon better especially because I'm going to be doing a lot of shooting outdoors and it just feels more solid and robust. But then on the other hand I've heard it doesnt handle action shots as well as the Canon... so now I'm stuck. Money wise, I dont really want to spend more than $1000 AUD so that's then around $800 US. But duty free is an option as we are travelling soon, plus if the right camera presents itself I dont mind going above (but not if it's unnecessary for my purposes... does that make sense?!). I wasn't planning on buying a kit (I'm normally turned off by the whole kit thing) and I'm more keen on buying just a body and then lenses separately. I've already got Adobe Photoshop. I found at home an old broken Minolta XG1 with a Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm 1:2 lens and a Vivitar Close Focussing Auto Zoom 70-150mm 1:3.8 I don't know if that's relevant to anything, or if I can use either of those lenses with a new camera. So really, I'm after advice about what you would do in my situation. Which body and lenses should I get for what I want to do? I'm a little bit lost with the vastness of how many choices there are. Thanks a bunch, I really appreciate that you read this far! od.