Howdy howdy, My uncle is interested in taking up nature photography as a hobby. He's an avid hunter and loves nature. (loves it so much that he must destroy it!! j/k) At least now he can "shoot" the animals in a much better way! We were just at a family event where another relative was showing off his new Canon 30D.... so let's say my uncle buys that model... (he says the 5 fps continuous shooting rate would be nice)... so there goes $1400 right there... then comes the fun discussion on which telephoto lens and possible tele-converter... money money money!... I'm not sure exactly how close he gets to these animals, but he pointed to a fence pretty far away when I asked him. Is he gonna need something more than a 400mm lens with a tele-converter?... and can he keep the lens cost anywhere around $4000?... (I'm not sure if that budget includes tripods, filters, etc)... Of course there's a speed issue... is he gonna need a faster lens than f/4.0 or f/4.5... (and you'd have to take into account the tele-converter eliminating all the light in the world!!)... or can he just up the ISO to counter? So there's a bunch of questions!!... If anybody out there has any advice, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!