I helped my uncle take professional pictures at a Bat Mitzfah a few weekends ago and the camera I was using was a Canon D50. I fell in love with the thing and haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. The camera itself is probably between $800 and $1000. I think the camera comes with a standard 50mm lense, but I would love to have something larger to take photos of birds and animals. Something mor ein the 200-250mm range. That's probably another $500-$800. All together the camera and lense would cost approximately $1600. I have the money right now since I have been working a full time job. Originally I was just going to save up the money in my bank account, but now I'm wondering if I should just buy the camera now while I have few bills and I have the money available. After college ends, it may be awhile before I have extra cash! I also may be able to make a little money back on the camera taking professional pictures, as I really have a passion for taking photos. This camera would allow me to take professional quality photos that I could either try to sell or I might be able to do a little event photography on the side. I'm not counting on becoming rich or anything like that, but I feel like I just can't get the quality I want from the camera I currently have. My dilemma is simply that it's a lot of money. I haven't spent this kind of money since I bought my car. However, I also feel as if it is an investment and something that will last me a very long time. The camera is simply amazing, even in low light. I'll have to post some pictures I took! So give me your opinions. If anyone is familiar with the camera, let me know your experiences with it. If anyone has any other suggestions for me camera wise, let me know! I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly! I will still have a good amount of money left over to use throughout the year, but I am very cautious about spending my money.