Plus read the owners manual carefully, especially the parts about the AF systems and the Custom Functions. Out of the box, the camera is great. Properly tuned, the camera is awesome. Then practice with it. Practice switching between AF modes while still looking through the viewfinder, practice shooting moving objects to see if your AF speed is correct, practice, practice, practice. I mean it. The camera can do amazing things, that's why it's been a good seller. Make sure you have the firmware up to 2.0.3 also. The lenses Mt.Spokane mentioned are perfect combos for the camera. The battery grip is also nice to have too. Enjoy!