I know this is probably definitely an opinionated answer, but hey, I do love opinions! I really want to get my first dslr to start practicing taking better pictures (I was using my friend's) and I have noo idea where to start. My point of interest that Im gearing towards is portrait photography so I also have no idea even what lenses I should start saving up towards also (telephoto?) Ive been looking at nikon d40, d70, etc and canon rebels (pref used just for cost effectiveness) but I really have noo idea and I dont want to throw down 400-500 dollars super impulsively so I definitely would LOVE some feedback! Thank you guys sooo much, I'm already in love with this forum!!