Thanks to everyone who took the time to point me in the right direction. Your posts were very helpful and I am now the proud owner of a Canon 50D with two nice lenses, (No f/2.8's) But theyll do for now I also got a tripod, a camera bracket and a 580 flash. Ive been sitting on the stuff since last week and have had very little time to mess with it so todays the day. Im excited cuz Im just going to shoot my kids in the bark and maybe take some wild life photos. PS Im going to be asking all about backdrops and soft boxes soon, as well as a fisheye lenses. Thanks again, I really appreciate your positive input!