i am currently using a KODAK DX7590 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA which is ok but i feel i would get more of what i want with a d-slr. it is a hobby for me but i hope to advance in my skill as its something i really enjoy doing. so im looking for a starter setup and any feedback on the items im looking at or if you have something else to suggest within my budget is appreciated. i am seem to be most interested in the Nikon D80 Digital Camera (Single-lens reflex) http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond80/ and im not sure which lense i should go for, getting the most for my money that i will be able to utilize in good quality pictures for portraits, in action of dogs, scerney, landscape, macros of flowers, butterflies, etc... mostly outside shots but indoors as well for portaits and parties. and something that will let me get shots of fireworks and cityscapes day and night. heres what i am looking at: Nikon 18-135 mm F/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S Nikkor Lens http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/541536009.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcilenses-for-digital-cameras%3Bcislr-lens%3Bcilenses-for-nikon Nikon 70-300 mm F4-5.6G VR ED AFS Lens http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/541536017.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcilenses-for-digital-cameras%3Bcislr-lens%3Bcilenses-for-nikon Nikon 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF DX VR Lens http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/541530721.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcilenses-for-digital-cameras%3Bcislr-lens%3Bcilenses-for-nikon but i dont know which one will be best. as you can tell i like the vr because i would prefer not to use a tripod all the time and hoping this give me a bit more freedom, but the prices are a bit higher and not sure if i should invest that much for my needs. the first lense is discounted $200 if i purchase it with the nikon body so it is a good value but will i be happy with it? and will it offer me the variety im looking for with only this one lense? i was also looking at filters. Quantaray +3 Close-Up Filter http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/241661503msk.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcifilters%3Bcifilters-round Quantaray Pro-Digital Circular Polarizer Filter http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/241668334msk.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcifilters%3Bcifilters-round Quantaray Neutral Density +4 Filter http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/241664820msk.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcifilters%3Bcifilters-round are these good to start with. based on what i have read [never used filters before] i think they will do. and a tripod, that will allow me to have my camera vertical and horizontal. with a quick release and level. any thought on this one? Vanguard Tracker Series All-Aluminum Alloy Tripod with 3-Way Panhead http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/EP5496997.htm?bct=t13024003%3Bcidigital-cameras-and-accessories%3Bcitripods-supports%3Bcitripods-complete you are welcome to provide links to any items you may suggest so i can view it. thank you for the help. **if you would like to get a feel for what i take pictures of please visit my link "photo albums" in my signature.