Hello everyone! I'm new to these forums, and I have some burning questions about my first DSLR. I've been browsing the market, and I think I have the greatest interest in a Nikon D80, or possibly a Canon XTi, however the D80 is where I'm leaning. I'm by no means a professional photographer and there is a lot I've yet to learn; in fact, I picked up most of my digital photography technique through travelling. I believe that I can do the same thing with a DSLR... learn as I go, and study the booklet. The photographer is what makes great photos, but I think it's time to upgrade from my Nikon Coolpix 5400 to something a little more... diverse In the fall I'm going to Asia for an entire year and I've decided that now is the time to buy a DSLR to take those priceless photos that I will always cherish. Photos aren't just memories to me, they are art, and whatever camera will help me produce the best art (which would entail the most versatility) is the one I'd like. I was originally going to buy a Nikon D40x, but after hearing that it lacked the drive motor to support many of the current lenses on the market, I've opted for something better. The types of photos I want to take will be crisp portrait shots of people and scenes, macro, landscape, perhaps some action photos. One thing I regret is that most DSLRs don't have a video function. I realize that is something built into the more user-friendly cameras, but sometimes taking a quick video clip says it better than a photo. In any case... the D80 is on my mind and is in the upper limit of what I can afford. If I go for this camera, should I opt out of the kit lens and just get the body? Regarding lenses... I've also found some great kits via online auctions which include 18-135mm lenses. However, I admittedly know next to nothing about lenses so I'm going to need all your professional advice on this one! With photography I like to take shots that are far away as well as those which are near me, so a lens with a versatile zoom would be best. Also, despite years of practice, my hand is a little shaky so I might want to invest in a lens that has vibration reduction. Any advice? Sorry for the huge writeup, I have lots to ask! Feel free to fire some questions back my way too!