I was just reading a thread from March about peoples' opinions on this lens and camera, and the overall opinion looks pretty good. Was looking at purchasing the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro lens and Canon 400D, possibly around October (maybe in New York if it would be cheaper, as I'm going for my birthday?). I currently work in a hotel which hosts wedding, so fortunately the manager says he would allow me to do photography at weddings as a second photographer (I wouldn't expect to be paid, just for the experience really). I'll just be leaving school in June, so would like to try and build up some experience early on, so I could possibly prove that I was good enough therefore be the first recomendation for people looking to book a wedding. Do you think this camera and lense would be appropriate for this sort of thing? I'm on a bit of a budget being 17 and only working part-time, so this seems like a good deal so far. Thanks, Scharf.