So for perhaps the first time ever, someone came to me asking about camera purchasing advice and there's actually options. Most of the time with a budget of 300-500 dollars, you only have a few choices and you don't need a photographer to help you recommend a better camera, you just compare specs. This time, a friend of a friend asked me to help her pick out her first kit. And lo and behold she has just shy of 2 grand to spend. Okay, now we have options. See now my opinions actually matter, it's not like oh get the T3i kit with the two zoom lenses and the 2 8 gig memory cards anymore. Now, you can actually make significant choices. Now, knowing what I know now and if it were building a first kit for my younger self, no question I would get a: Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AF-S Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 AF Nikon 24mm f/2.8 and a D90 But I don't know if this is the right kit for someone new to photography. Both the zooms are pretty heavy. I personally went for the "trinity" approach, but I could've just as easily suggested D7000 plus a few modern 1.8 G primes. And of course, I asked the usual "what you would like to shoot" but this question is useless to them as their inevitable answer would be; "I dunno, people, landscapes, animals, anything I like". Obviously they don't know what they are going to shoot in the long run, the first few months of photography is shooting any and absolutely everything and not until then do they really know "what" they are going to shoot. Which is why I think the "trinitarian" approach is good because it covers almost anything. But I think it might not be beginner friendly. What would you suggest a girl who is definitely passionate about photography (I've been on a few walking architectural tours and she goes to town with her little PnS, loves shooting macro, but that's where PnS's thrive) and has 2 grand to get started?