Hello! I am interested in photography and I would like to purchase a DSLR. I know a few things about the aperture, the exposure, ISO, etc... From playing around with my Uncle's T1i and reading a few pieces about photography. I have already also decided on Canon because like many say in this forum "the most comfortable camera is the one you should pick" and I much prefer Canon's ergonomics IMO. I will probably shoot portraits, landscapes, and maybe some nature shots So now onto my dilemma; I want to get a x0D series because of the little settings screen on the top of the camera and the feel and weight compared to a rebel series. I have a budget of $800 and I plan on keeping the DSLR for 4 to 5 years. I am also planning on getting it used if I can save some money and get some better gear that way. Here are my options: - Canon 60D + 50mm f/1.8 lens (standard zoom or macro lens, or recommend me a lens later on) - Canon 40D + 70-200mm f/4 lens (50mm later on) The 60D package costs 750 The 40D package costs 800 The benefits of the 60D package is the smaller more compact design of the camera, more megapixels, everything is brand new and sealed, its cheaper, and its the most recent model, the 40D package benefits are it has a good lens although its a bit older of a camera and the more expensive deal I am leaning to the 60D because its new and I am eventually going to buy new better lenses later on anyways. Any input guys? And any recommendations for a <$500 lens to save up for if I get the 60D? Any photography tips? Thanks all!