Hi guys, I pop in here once in a while but I'm mostly on fredmiranda for photography stuff. This is a long post but if you can help, I'd definitely appreciate it I've had the suspension go (rear wheel bearings cracked, front struts broke and check engine light came on for a reason I can't afford to fix yet)... I replaced the fan clutch, all the belts, the full suspension (shocks, springs, rwb) and I still need to put on new head gaskets and replace the power steering hoses... but I digress. To pay for the repairs, I sold my camera. I did this with the idea I'd buy a new one. So, I should be able to swing it in a month or so. Now I need to figure out what to buy. On the brighter side of things, I get a chance to re-tool my kit. I'm hoping for some suggestions. Here's a little background that I hope will be helpful: My kit was a Nikon D300 with the Nikon(s) 28-70mm f/2.8, 17-55mm f/2.8 and the Tokina 12-24mm f/2.8. I sold it for more than I paid for it so its not all bad. Something important of note - I have access to a stable of Canon lenses. These are the 24-105mm F/4, 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS; the latter being my favorite. The problem is, I GREATLY prefer the images I get from Nikon than to the Canon. I have a 40d provided to me but its terribly miscalibrated and its nearly impossible to get a good image out of it. I have no desire to use it. I like to shoot: Very wide - I like landscape photos, but I don't take them nearly as much as I'd like. Very tight - when I shoot people and sports, I always crank the 70-200 to 200mm. That's usually the only way to get good background separation from the distances I shoot at; while at f/2.8. I also like tight crops on objects. Filling the viewfinder is good, which is why lenses like the 50mm and even the 85mm (sometimes) bother me. Artsy - I'm not good at it, but I like artsy shots. Long/dragged exposures, flash-freezes, so fourth. I want to try: Pet photography. I don't have a single good action shot of my pooch because I generally don't use long lenses. The 70-200 would be great except the damn 40d can't hit focus for its life and the other body I have to use is a 300d Gear Ideas Firstly, Nikon: D90 body / ??? lens. I'd like to try something different. 80-200 f/2.8 pp maybe. The problem with this is that I feel like I'm throwing away the nice Canon lenses. D300 - Would like something a little lighter/smaller, but its so damn comfortable. D300 is my favorite camera of all time, but again I feel like I'm wasting the other lenses. Canon: 1d Mark II - Old tech, but everyone and their grandma loves it. AF should be way better. Big and heavy Very good bargain at $1000 or less used. 5d - I love every picture I've seen from the 5d but the general thought is that its very slow. Seems like a good bargain at $1000-$1200 used, hopefully it will drop more when 5dmk2 hits. XSi - Cheap as hell and I've seen good pictures from it. This would let me buy some exotic lenses (I want to try the 100mm macro and 135L). I can pick one up for around $375 new, which would be awesome. I KNOW I'LL GET COMMENTS ON THE PRICES SO RIGHT NOW, THESE ARE FROM EBAY WITH LIVE CASHBACK. So, help me out. Body ideas are great, lenses too. I'm not against trying other systems. Cheaper = better. The ability to use ISO3200 is great because I hate having to figure out the exposure to push it. I've gotten lots of usable shots at ISO6400 from the D300 (hi1 or 3200 exp-1 recovered). I would expect the same from the 5d, less from others but I could make due. I shoot for publication print and the resulting prints are always smaller than 10x8".