Alright, so I've finally decided to make the investment and jump into a fairly decent rig so I can have some fun on my hiking trips this spring/summer. My budget right now is about $1000, but later on if I end up falling in love, I won't mind spending more on some good equipment. My Interests: 1. Outdoors - landscapes, architecture, and I LOVE outdoor macro shots! 2. HDR!! - I absolutely LOVE HDR pics and I'm a big computer nut, so I am eager to start playing around with this (have photoshop, and willing to buy photomatix). Camera: I'm leaning toward the Canon XSi vs the Pentax K2000. Looking at DPReview, it looks like the Canon is getting better image quality than the Pentax and they cost about the same. Lens: This is the part i'm not sure about. I'm guessing I would have good success with the Canon 50mm that's $85 on amazon that everyone seems to love, but not sure what other lens I might need for landscape shots. I don't mind spending a couple hundred on a good lens that'll fit my interest. Also, wondering if I should go with the kit, or just the body. The price difference is about $150 I think. Cheapest I could find the body (new) is $549 on walmart's website (I know, I hate walmart too!). So I'm not sure if I should get the body and a good lens (or 2?) or get the kit and the 50mm. I've got access to a tripod and monopod already that will get me started. Thanks for any advice!