Got the kit during the holidays when Nikon had their holiday special, which brought the camera kit to the $1k mark (this got me to bite
). Add a memory card to this (I picked up a Sandisk Ultra II 512 card for another $50), and it came out to $1,100 shipped. Bought a Lowepro min trekker aw to haul it all in, which was another $90, so grand total would be nearly $1,200 to get started. Any other lens that you pick up down the line would be up to you. I've listed the other lens below.
Played around w/the kit for awhile and read about the sharp 50mm f/1.8 lens and picked it up for $100 (took that 3rd picture, who is my little cousin
). It's also a great lens for fish photography (altum picture in the other post), due to the huge amount of light it lets in (low f number).
I also enjoy taking pictures of birds and other animals, which are easily spooked. So, I picked up the 70-210 f/4-5.6 for $140 and have been using it to snap pictures of birds. Here's a sample picture from the lens taken this afternoon at Vasona Park.
I'm also interested in macro photography, so I picked up a Micro 55mm f/3.5 for $90 (old lens, which requires full manual controls). Here's a couple of pictures earlier today, while I was in the gardens of the SCU campus.
Fly on flower:
Water drops on a flower: