Nor a 5D, a 50D, D300 or D700. Case in point, these were taken with my 450D in the past week: ISO 400, f/4.5, 1/250, 40mm ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/80, 70mm (that's right; no need for the 1/focal length rule if you know how to keep the camera stable) ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/25, 24mm Now, I'm not saying you wouldn't be able to do better with a higher-end camera. And I'm not saying these are fantastic super-awesome shots. This is more to illustrate the point that you should never let your gear get you down. Figure out how to work with the gear you have, and fight for every last inch you can.