Well here is the deal. I was one of the unfortunate ones whos sony sensor went out on my f717. If you haven't heard, there is a class action law suit that went through a couple months ago, so if that happend to you too, you can get it replaced and fixed for free. I just sent mine out. Anyhow, I have decided to step it up and move to a DSLR. I want some lenses to play with now. I know there are about 8 billion threads with people asking that same "is nikon or canon better?" question, so I already have come to the conclusion they are more or less equal and that I should go with which ever one feels better in my hands. What I do want to know is this. Which one has the cheaper lenses? Also, is Canon an american product? I started out wanting to go with nikon, but canon seems to be winning me over possibly.