I've decided I want to take up photography, and am in the market to buy a new camera. My subjects are going to be outdoors; I want to shoot landscapes, nature, and architecture, for the most part. Currently, my only experience is with p&s digicams, like my Canon s400. I don't really know much about photography, but am going to start getting books relating to the matter, and may even consider taking a class when I get my new camera. My total budget (Camera + any required accessories like lenses or memory cards) is going to be $1000, but that doesn't mean I want to spend the full $1000 if I don't have to. I'm considering dSLRs, because I want something I can "grow" into. The ones I have looked at, and would consider: Canon Rebel XT and Rebel XTi, and Nikon D40, D50, D70s. A big issue I am wondering about though, is cost of lenses. I am not planning on spending over $400 on a lens anytime soon, so between Canon and Nikon, I'd like to know which have the better lens array to choose from in that price range. For p&s cameras, I've always preferred Canon to any other brand. How are the kit lenses on those cameras, btw? I made a thread about this in the main forum yesterday, although worded slightly different...and someone brought up the point that I should consider cameras like the Canon S3 IS, G6, and G7 as well, if I don't want to drop a ton of money on lenses at the moment...so this is another route to consider. However, one thing I was considering though, is that I don't really want to drop over $500 on a fixed lens camera, just because for that price, it would make sense to just jump up to a dSLR. Any help would be appreciated. I took a look through the "Best photos of 2006" thread, and god damn, some of you guys are amazing photographers. . I will trust your opinions, help guide this noob in the right direction!