Hi - I'm looking to call upon the great knowledge of this MR forum to give us some advice in purchasing a DSLR for yearbook. First some background info - our high school has a total enrollment of less than 300 students. We are a pre-engineering school focused on math and science that draws from throughout the county. We have no sports. I'm the chief editor responsible for the business aspects of our yearbook. Our yearbook is relatively small (88 pages) and is just switching to full color. Currently we have two pretty nice Kodak P850s (5.1 MP, 12x, EVF) that were purchased last year. What we are finding is that for events students aren't really wanting to borrow our point and shoots to take photos for us because they are comfortable using their own. Our advisor had suggested buying two more of these Kodaks, but we resisted because we didn't see the demand. The research program at our school just recently purchased a Canon 20D which they are very happy with. We've decided to purchase a DSLR as well. We feel that it will diversify our camera options so that we can accomodate both novice and more serious photographers. Several students have Rebel XTs themselves, so I am certain that we would have a lot more involvement if we used the new camera as a sort of "bait". I know the most important question is budget. Right now I don't want to spend more than $1200. We carried over some money from last year and anticipate having more reserves created this year. Because of the nature of yearbook, I have to make sure that we can pay the publisher first. $1200 is a comfortable amount that allows us to still do that. I am certain that there will be more money left in June that we can use to buy more "stuff" to add onto our DSLR equipment. What we want to do is get things going now so that we can get the benefit of the camera in this year's yearbook. Another issue is that we really are trying to order only from Dell or Apple. If we order from other suppliers we have to enter into a competitive bid process that would really slow things down. So what we are thinking about thus far is the Rebel 400D/XTi with a case, 2GB CF card, spare battery, and a tripod. We will also be purchasing Aperture, but that will not have to come out of the dSLR budget. So my main quetions are (1) what do you think of the Rebel XTi for yearbook purposes (sans sports)? (2) Should we go with the kit lens, or something else, or both? (3) Should we buy an external flash? (4) Which of the CF cards (below) would be best? Please also advise of items that you think would be crucial to get now instead of later. Here's some of the pricing for specific items: XT Black body only $657.34 XTi Black body only $721.50 XT Black 18-55 mm $722.35 XTi Black 18-55 mm II $811.80 Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 $129.99 Canon USM Std Zoom EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 $155.27 Canon USM Std Zoom EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II $270.85 Canon USM Std Zoom EF 24-85mm f/3.4-4.5 $381.02 Canon USM Std Zoom EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 $469.00 Canon USM Std Zoom EF 28-135mm IS f/3.5-5.6 $528.21 Canon USM Std Zoom EF-S 17-85mm IS F/4-5.6 $541.75 NB-2LH Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack $54.13 2 GB CompactFlash® Elite Pro Card from Kingston® 50x $51.43 2 GB CompactFlash Card from PNY Technologies® $51.43 2 GB Optima CompactFlash Card from PNY Technologies® 60x $55.04 Electronic Flash EF 500 DG from Sigma $216.67 Canon Speedlite 430EX Flash $261.82 Deluxe Tripod 200 from Canon $32.91 Rezo TLZ 20 Camera bag from Lowepro® $27.08 REZO 110 AW from Lowepro $28.89 Thanks for all of your help - and sorry for the long post!