I'm waivering between a Canon XTI and the 40D for the body. I'm thinking if I get the XTI and learn how to shoot with it, I'll be more prepared for when I want to upgrade . . . and anyone that knows me knows I WILL upgrade. or . . . I'll get the 40D now and just cut to the chase on the whole upgrade process. I've signed up for two classes at the local community college. Advanced DSLR Photography and Photography Lighting. I'll probably take two or three more classes after that. The other classes I'm looking at are Photographing People, Action Photography, Architectural and Landscape Photography, and Adobe Lightroom. What lense would you recommend for a beginner? I know eventually I'll have a few lenses, but what is a good lense to start off with? I'm looking for a lense that would be appropriate for class work. Also, would you recommend anything else for a noob? Besides reading the stickies in this thread. I've already done that.