Hello all, hope you can help me make a decision here... I'm about to upgrade, and I'm going to have 1200 dollars to work with, so here me out... First, I'm still in the beginner stage of things... I've learned a large amount just from this forum alone, and of course, raw practice, but, am by no means a pro. I have nothing but a camera at the moment, which is just a Canon A590 IS P & S, nothing more. It get's the job done, has taken thousands of really descent photo's, and has allowed me to practice at an efficient level. I'm not a big "warrior" when it comes to Canon versus Nikon, but I do know that I want one or the other, and Canon seems to have the best package deals around. Now, please, click on this link below: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Telephoto-Grip-Accessory-Kit/dp/B001G8GONM/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1230098522&sr=1-26"]Amazon.com: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) with Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 DG AF Lens & Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens + Opteka Vertical Battery Grip, Filters, 4GB Memory & Complete Accessory Kit: Camera &[/ame] I know some of you don't enjoy clicking on links, but, it's quick, easy, and takes you to an Amazon.com page, nothing more. I found this particular kit tonight, which cost 960 dollars, and it seems to contain everything I should need to jump into the SLR world. I've read the specs on the camera alone, and have been blown away. It's an XSI, 12.2 megapixel SLR, which is way better than what I have now. Also, something that intrigued me were the "filters" that come with it, and also the TWO lenses you get as well. My question is, would this be a good buy? Do I need the things that come in this kit as a beginner? Would I use all of them? And what about lenses? I highly enjoy random, candid photography of most anything... buildings, long hallways, cars driving by, etc... etc.. etc... and thoroughly enjoy "portrait" style photography, along with Macro shooting as well. Will the two lenses that come with this kit provide the ability to cover these type's of photography, or am I barking up the wrong tree? Also, the aperture values on these lenses don't seem to add up for me. I can get a LARGER aperture value on my point and shoot, versus these two lenses in the kit. Are these nicer, more expensive lenses typically like this? Would I need to buy a seperate lense to achieve that super large aperture? I've seen them go as low as 1.8, and THAT would be nice for my portrait shots, I think anyway. I'de be going for total background blur, and I'm thinking that 1.8 just might do the job? Another question I have is concerning the brand of lenses in this kit. They are NOT Canon lenses. Is that normal? Should I go with one of the other kits that contain Canon lenses only? Are Canon lenses best for Canon cameras? Last thing... I'm used to having two AA batteries as my source of power in this point and shoot of mine, how are the rechargable's on these SLR's? How long do they last. I take the camera to work with me everyday, and I'm there for a miminum of 8 hours, sometimes more. How long do the charges on these rechargable's last? Ok, sorry for all the questions, and pardon the lack of knowledge, but I've never owned one as nice as I'm preparing to buy. Two more weeks, and it's mine. Is this kit the way to go? Anyone think so, or think not? I know I'm probably not at the level for an SLR, but I figure why not? My thought process is clear, and my ability to take photo's is improving daily. I love photography more than I ever expected to, as it literally, consumes most of my life, and all of my thought process for the most. I just want better quality, more features, and the ability to grow, without limitations. Have I chosen the right camera?