...for your kind of photography. Hobby stuff, not pro. Assume you have all the incidentals like batteries, camera bag, memory cards, and a pocket tripod. 1) SLR body (I like Pentax, w/ body integral anti-shake) 2) Wide/normal/short tele zoom lens (18-55 kit lens is fine) 3) Bounce flash (top-of-the-line from Pentax) 4) Compact, high-end point & shoot camera (I like my Canon S90) 5) Telephoto zoom lens. Something in the 55-200 range. This is just for fun, to see how different peoples' choices pan out.