I've currently got a Canon IXus Point & Shoot camera would like to get a DSLR and experiment with lenses etc to pursue my hobby as an amatuer photographer. I've been looking at the Nikon D80 and see that i can get a 18-200mm VR lens as a kit. I figure that the 18-200mm will give me a wide option of scenes to shoot from.. I've thought about just getting a cheaper body and getting decent glass (as that is what everyone on all the DSLR forums seem to preach to new buyers). I've also been keeping Nikon, Canon and Pentax in mind as options for the DSLR. Any advice? As an example: Would i be better with say the Nikon D80 & 18 - 200mm VR lens for AU $2145 or go with a Nikon D40x body (AU $779) and buy a heap of different lenses. Remember i'm just a beginner.. and hope to keep this as a serious hobby... so i would like to get something that isn't going to restrict any future purchases of lenses etc. I'm willing to go with whatever brand - be it Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax.. as long as it is decent and not just sackridden because "everyone else uses one".. Mind you, if everyone else uses one (professionals) that's probably good cause to stick to the brand.. ?? Thanks Also - If there was one book you could recommend on Basic/Advanced photography - shooting concepts etc etc with light, sort of like the Bible of Photography - what is it?