I have always been interested in photography but just recently started to dive into the topic in terms of reading about technique and everything. I went ahead and ordered a couple items to get started out and wanted to see what everything thought or would suggest. I haven't started shooting yet, but kinda like the fact that I am forced to spend time reading instead of shooting, while I wait for my camera to arrive. Forces me to learn more before actually doing, as opposed to my normal method of just winging it. I have a background in the arts, drawing, writing, music, recording, so I think I will do decent. Here is what I have ordered so far. -Canon XS SLR 10MP - Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens -Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro Lens for Canon EOS -Tokina Zoom Super Wide Angle AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124AF Pro DX Autofocus Lens - Lowepro Slingshot 100 - 4GB class 6 SD card ( I have others and will probably by more rather quickly ) - Camera bag/case ( came free in the kit ) - Extra battery - Corel Paintshop ultimate - I am going to order the Sunpak Monopod soon. (unless someone suggests something better. ) Well, let me know what you guys thing. Thanks.