I am thinking of getting my first SLR, I want to keep costs down as I'm starting out and don't want an expensive paperweight if I don't get into it, but the trade off is I don't want to not get into it by limiting myself. I went to the store and tried a few cameras, a D40, D5000, 450d and 1000d. The common short-falling I found in all of them was the zoom length, the 18-55 stock lens range isn't enough. I tried a nikon d5000 with a 18-200mm lens in the store and I liked it. So, I'm looking at getting a separate body/lens combo, this is what I've found so far, it comes in at £425 ($800) Canon 1000d body £255 and a Sigma 18-200 lens £170 I am a total n00b at this, please tell me if I'm missing something drastic here! My other option is an ex display nikon d40, it appears to be in okish condition, the LCD screen has a few scratches, it will need a clean (inside, as it's been sat without the dust cap on - I'll get the store to do that), it only has the bare essentials, lens, battery, body. However it's marked down to £195 and I've talked them down to £155. I don't think there's anyway of keeping the cost further down than that.