Hi, I'm a new member of this forum though I have been following it for some time. I love taking photos and due to personal circumstances have been doing so for years using cheap digital compacts and iPhones. I've long harboured ambition to take photography more seriously as a hobby. Now is the right time for me. My latest point and shoot was recently dropped and broken so my iPhone is working hard. I make a living as a pilot so I often find myself in position to see things that few others do, I'm also fortunate enough to get to spend time down route in some incredibly interesting places. All too often I find myself saying " I wish I had a camera capable of capturing this". What Sort of photography - very varied. Ariel land/skyscapes, street and architectural photography down route. Family photos at home. Occasional wildlife and airshow photography. As far as camera body is concerned, I want something that will grow with me as I learn. I don't want to be constrained by things like complicated menu systems, I want easy access to common functions. I've considered canon vs Nikon(I know there are very good others but as the big two, considering only these reduced the headache slightly) and my heart tells me Canon but my head says Nikon. Not sure why but I started off thinking Canon but my research has pulled me towards nikon. My leaning at the moment is towards picking up a second hand D7000 rather than going for one of the more traditional beginner bodies. Available for less than £400 in the UK. Lenses - I guess this is the crux of my question and where I am a bit lost. I want to start of with one or two lenses that will do as much as possible for me. It would be nice to not have to change lenses between every shot. Every one seems to suggest a 35mm F1.8. Where would this fit in with what I want to photograph? Should I then go for a medium range zoom such as that which may come with a kit? Are there any advantages of having say an 18-55 over something with a larger focal range? (Apart from price obviously). I know that to realy get into wildlife and airshow photography I will need to spend big bucks on a big lens, that is something that will have to wait, but would I get decent results with say a 70-200 or 300? I'm planning a five day walk in the Scottish highlands next year. I'm sure I will get some stunning opportunities. Is there a lenses that I could use for landscapes that I could also use to capture an elusive grouse or ptarmigan in the distance without taking time to change the lense? My budget is limited so an recommendation of good value lenses (cheapish but not rubbish) would be much appreciated. I have considered good point and shoot cameras but I don't think they fit with my long term goals. Sorry for the long post. The huge array of kit out there is such a minefield for a beginner. Any advice will be very much appreciated. Am I going down completely the wrong route?