Ok... I've kinda been over this in a different thread, but I think it would be better here, plus I get the chance to start over with my new information. I am looking to BUY my first DSLR... it will not be the first one I've used, but as I don't work at my old job anymore, I can't very well use their camera. I am looking to spend about 1100-1200 total. I cannot go over this. I would like to buy: 1-2 lenses, one body, a memory card, a strap, a case and a tripod. I have been looking at nikon... mostly cause I like the way it feels in my hand... although, if i could find canon cheaper (ha... i won't hold my breath) I would totally get it. I like taking creative, invasive photos. I love portraits, but not like studio photos (think more having fun outside action photos) I also like macro (I work for a sound company, so I could possibly be taking pictures of sound equipment, isolated and close up) Do you think this is possible? what do you suggest? My main concern is not getting something that I will grow out of too fast. I've never taken a class, but I have a knack for this, and I need something that can keep up with me as i get deeper into this expensive, joyous hobby. Oh, and I want really good quality pics Maybe I'm dreaming... can it be done on this budget???