So, I am a member of many a forum, so I understand the plight of mods and members trying to get new members to read other posts instead of just asking. So believe me that I do not do this for shear laziness. This thread comes from my fright of getting something that I don't need or isn't right for me. This isn't a simple question, of course, this decision will cost money. Which is why I want to make sure I get exactly what I need, so I hope you understand and will walk through this with me. So I want to get into photography, and buy a camera. I am 17, but don't brush me off thinking that I don't need something good, I have loved photography forever and never had a chance to get a good camera until now so I don't want to get something that will have to be replaced any time soon. I am a beginner at proper photography but I need something that I, as a beginner, can use and isn't a waste of money for my skill, but I need something that I can advance quite a bit on also. I am not on a budget per say, although I am not here to buy a 4000$ camera on par with national geographic. But I money isn't really the biggest issue here. But I digress! I need something that will last me a long time, as I am 17 and I am quite technologically inclined so I am pretty fast at learning and adapting to things and I would like to think I am pretty good at this. Now I am not even sure how this works, from my understanding I need to buy a camera and an optical lens for it? At least that's what I think. Now: I have a clear cut idea of the type of photography I want to do. I would like to take pictures of nature, trees, plants, animals, fruit, or a building or ancient thing like ruins(outside, more likely), love hiking and that seems like my type of photography. So from my understanding I am looking for a good optical lens and lots of megapixels. Cause I am not afraid of high quality, I thrive for it. Insanely high resolution is what I drool for haha. But I am a close up kind of guy, I am the one who wants to take a really close up picture of a cherry at high resolution, but also things like animals if I see them. Hopefully you catch my drift. Anyways, I hope everyone understands what I mean and what I would like to accomplish and you guys could help me out in deciding what to purchase for my endeavors. Again, money isn't the biggest issue, but lets keep it reasonable, I am a beginner, but I don't want to have to switch cameras in a year... and don't be afraid of explaining things to me cause I am quite new at this, but I have always been into this stuff! :3 Alright then.. hopefully someone will answer. Heck, hopefully a bunch of people will answer and all say the same thing! Cause then I will feel safer in my choice. Thanks a bunch, and I hope to see you on the forums reviews my pictures someday! EDIT: Oh yeah I am down with digital, not film.. cause I work a lot with my computer.