Please keep in mind when offering suggestions about gear to respect the choices that have already been made by the OP. We've had quite a few instances where people will state they want to stick with brand "A" or "B" only to have people start suggesting the opposite brand(s). Please respect people's choices regarding the brand they have chosen. If they directly ask for alternatives feel free to suggest them. Secondly, please do not comment on how "crappy" someone's camera is, especially for those who are just starting out. If you are caught doing this you will be banned. Nothing is more discouraging than having spent a considerable amount of money only to have a bunch of people say you bought a piece of junk. We should be encouraging people to shoot what they have and enjoy it.