Hey guys. I am extremely new to this forum... in fact, this is my first post after a few minutes of poking around! I am in the market for a DSLR, in fact I have been bidding on some D50's online... risky I know, but the pricing is so nice. First question - Is Tamron a really bad lens maker? I ask because I see a lot of auctions on Ebay with D50's and Tamron lenses! For now, I am using a handheld Canon A610, 5MP 4X lens camera. It takes decent shots, and has almost full manual capability, which is why I chose it. For the following shots I used a floor lamp that had three 60 watt bulbs, a black sheet and a fan. Second Question - I need to find more inexpensive lighting! Anyone got some tips? I don't have any external flash on this thing, and the one it is ugly! So here are some shots I took with it recently! Looking for critiques mostly. Let me know if this is too racy for this forum. Thanks in advance. There are more of this series here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmthompson/ For now I will cross my fingers, and hope you guys can help me get better!