Hey so I took photography 3 times. Taught by a professional photographer. We used very old film cameras and had access to a dark room. As a result I have come in love with the technical aspects of photography, aperture, shutter speed, iso etc. I have 400-500 bucks to spend on a camera, which I will be buying used on craigslist so I can get a bit more equipment for less. My questions though are: 1) Whats better, d40 or rebel xt?(I know there similar, but whats better for manual mod since a lot of people seem to use lower end dslr's just fro point and shoot purposes) I am more interested in picture quality then features. I want professional looking shots. 2) Will 1 of these cameras offer me the necessary controls to have full control of the aperture, shutter speed etc? 3) Good less expensive lenses? I will be shooting landscapes, nature and some sports. I was thinking about getting the kit 18-55 and the 55-200 since I found some ads on craigslist with all this for 450. Any suggestions on cameras or equipment? Thanks!