Hello all! This is my first post, and I want to say thank you in advance, and I'm sure that you all get this question a lot, but I don't know anybody with any knowledge in photography. I have 500 dollars, and I want to purchase my first DSLR, and I have my choices split down three ways. A Sony Alpha 230 with both a 18-55 and 55-200 lens. Amazon.com: Sony Alpha A230Y 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization and 18-55mm and 55-200mm Lenses: Electronics A Nikon D3000, with a bunch of other accessories, but just one 18-55 lens. Amazon.com: Nikon D3000 10MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens with 8GB Card + EN-EL9a Battery + Nikon Gadget Bag + Nikon School DVDs + Accessory Kit: Electronics Lastly, a Canon XS with accessories, but just the same 18-55 lens as well. Amazon.com: Canon Digital Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) + Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens + Spare LP-E5 Battery + 4GB Card + Gadget Bag: Electronics Now, I have not taken any photos since High School, about 4 years ago, but I loved every bit of yearbook photography, and I now have a little extra money saved up from random jobs between college classes. I really cannot spend anymore than 500 however. I have read in past forums that Canon and Nikon are really the brands to go with, but I have also read that picture quality rests on lens' as well. I was just curious if it would be better to go with the Sony since it has a second lens for only 100 and that auto in camera stabilization (which I am sure is nice for beginners), the original price of a 230 is just 400. With the Sony, I could spend a little more on a bag, and I already have SD cards. That extra lens just seems like a nice security to have, since all other Nikon and Canon lens I have seen are pretty pricey for me. Does anybody have anything good to say about the Sony? I know I have asked a lot, but I am really excited about starting photography, and I don't want to make such a big investment (for my financial status at least) and then get burned later. Thanks a ton everybody! TL;DR- D3000, A230, Rebel XS, which is more awesome for beginner student.