Hey everyone, So this is the first time that I'll be delving into the world of SLRs. I'm really excited, but also a little scared aha. To note: $$$ is of the essence. I am a student so I do have small budget. I'm thinking about $700 tops, $500 on the camera+kit lens and $200 for a 2nd lens. I've been reviewing a few entry-level cameras (Nikon D40, Sony A200 & Cannon Rebel XS) and decided on the Sony A200. What pushed me towards it is the built in anti-dust and anti-shake capabilites. Also it has a 9 point AF, it's amazing battery and overall is just the best bang for the buck (which is important to me). There is one major con, but I'll speak to that later (point 2). So, here's the things I want to do with camera: 1. HDR I'm really interested in this and I've seen some great results with the A200. I'll probably get some cheap $20 tripod or something. I'll want a wide angle lens for this, which I would also want for point 3. 2. Low-light situations Well this is really one of the big reasons of why I'm getting the camera. I'm very active in a bunch of societies in my university and am actually the president of the Science Society. We hold a lot of events, and many are in places that are low light. This is where the major con comes in. I've been looking at a lot of reviews and it seems that at higher ISOs (800+) the A200 lacks in performance as compared to it's competitors. From what I read ISO is really important for low-light situations since it changes how sensitive the camera is to light. Of course I could always purchase a flash add-on but that would be undesirable. I wouldn't want to go brighter than the built in flash. Is there some lens that can help out with this, or some other way of working around it? Finally... 3. Nature shots These photos will be of trees, the park, the lighthouse next to the ocean sort of thing. For close ups the macro capability of the kit cam, which isn't that great apparently, should suffice. However, I would be interested in a wide angle lens just so that I can capture more in the picture. It would also help at an event or something where it would be nice to not have to go to the other side of the room to get everyone in the picture. Any suggestions? About the lenses, I understand that Sony is limited in it's offerings since it's new to the game. However, I was told that 2nd hand Minolta lenses could be used since Sony actually bought them out. Are there any 3rd party lenses that would be compatible with the A200? Thank you, I really appreciate any advice and help that I receive. There's a lot to learn! I'm excited though, can't wait to get what's on mind into a frame in the living room.