I've recently bought one and can thoroughly recommend it as an excellent digital SLR. I'm actually stunned by how good it it! It's classed as a "budget" camera but retails at the moment for around £600 ($1200), not exactly "budget" in my opinion but I guess it is compared with professional cameras. It doesn't come with any memory and at 8 megapixels a shot you need to get plenty, 1GB minimum. The 18-55mm lense that comes with it is fine for doing close shots in macro mode. I might splash out on a macro lense at some point though. I have a few lenses from my old film EOS to play with first.