Hey, Im a 19 year old college student that is waist deep in hobbies I snowboard, surf, restore corvettes, keep reef tanks, sketch/cartoon, research biology (mostly marine), etc. I am just now starting photography. I now use a Canon Powershot SD 550. For an example of what I have done there are a ton of different pics in my photocuket account (link below). http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/cartoonbear87/ I am looking at moving into the world of DSLR. I have been looking at the Nikon D40 and Canon Rebel. I take a ton of Macro Shots, but then I would take a lot of pics of snow, beaches, etc. so I really need something that has a lot of control, faster shutter speed and such. Please any advice is more than welcome. What do you guys prefer? What brand? model? lenses? Thanks!