Hi, Well Im going to be delving into the DSLR world sometime by this year, latest by early next year. And I would like to get some information cause that what I always do, do research on stuffs to ensure that the sales person is not ripping me up. So here goes. What does focal length in a lens mean? Does it mean how much magnification the camera can do. What about Macro lenses? If you use Macro lenses, you can only use it for close up shots or you can use it for almost everything, just that it has an extra advantage during close up shots compared to other lenses? Im thinking of Canon by the way, either 1000D (Rebel XS) or 450D (Rebel XSi). Oh yea, btw, yesterday I went to a photography shop and I saw a 1000D selling for RM4000 thats is ~$1,136. That is so freaking overpriced. That's the problem with Canon, they don't control the price of who is selling their products. Here in Malaysia, Canon products (cameras and lens) is very expensive, it made Sony DSLRs look cheap and of a better alternative then buying a Canon for people who want to delve into DSLR.