I bought the Canon EOS Rebel, DS6041. At the time it was the first DSLR you could but for under $1000 (it was $999 LOL). Now, you can buy these on eBay for $35! Anyway, I recently decided to get semi-serious about learning photography, so after a lot of research and soul-searching, I bought a new Canon 7D with the 28-135 Kit lens. I also just bought a Canon 70-200mm f4L. Just joined the forum and look forward to learning a lot!