Ok all, If you've read my panicked thread in the Beyond Basics forum, which I now realize was the wrong place, you know I am making a DSLR purchase VERY soon. I have a few questions, and I promise to try to make my posts a little more straightforward, and wait answers before I ask another. I need advice on my purchase which I am shooting a wedding in May with, and also my usual portrait photography. Here are the qualifying statements: A. I can purchase a Nikon D50 *new* body only in my area for $449.99, plus tax equals to 481.49 B. I can purcahse a REFURBISHED Canon EOS 350D from simga4less body only for 429.95, plus shipping which I would approximate at 20 dollars for a total of 449.95, but refurbished. C. I can (hopefully) still purchase the Nikon D50 *new* with 18-55 Nikkor lens, (f/3.5 - something) for $550.00 plus tax for 588.50. D. I can purchase a REFURBISHED Canon EOS 350D from sigma4less for 529.95 with 18-55 lens (f/3.5 - 5.6) for 529.95 plus shipping for a total of approximately 559.95 E. I can purchase the D40 with 18-55 (f/3.5 -5.6) for approxiamtly 559.95 So here are my questions: 1. Which should I buy, the age old question, Canon or Nikon? Although I have been using a Canon A610 for over a year, I still lean Nikon. It seems a more "professional" camera, even though neither qualify. Which is sharper? Which has less noise *REALLY*!!? 2. Assuming Nikon, D50 or D40. I don't think I would be buying older lenses, so would I really miss the AF features of D50?? I hear the D40's flash is VERY nice... am I wrong? 3. When shopping on eBay, how do I know which lenses are AF, or which aren't but will work with the D50 anyway? How do I know which are not compatible at all. I recently started looking for a 50mm 1.8 or better for the Nikon D** and I couldn't understand HALF of it. 4. What lenses are a REQUIREMENT for the wedding? I hear a 28 - 70, but FASTER than the f3.5s.... (other thread)... is that correct? 5. If I purchase an external flash, can I get away with the slower f/3.5 lenses??? (maybe an 18 - 55 f/3.5 and an 18mm f1.8, or even better a zoom f3.5 and 18mm 1.8?) 6. What flash? Besides the one you recommend, what else can I use that might be a bit cheaper? 7. What's the big thing I am missing? I really need help, I don't want to make a bad decision, and I really cannot afford to. My budget right now calls for around $700 - $800 dollars TOTAL on this purchase. I already have a decent tripod, and a case, so it's strictly camera/lens(es)/flash... (AND memory if I go Canon, since I have 1.5gigs of SDmemory) What do you guys recommend??