Hi thar. I've decided to take up photography as a new hobby, after I got amazed by my friend's 60D and his ultrasonic macro lens I used to take photos of my architecture models at uni. I want to invest in a decent dslr, with the purpose of taking photographs of landscapes, architecture, things happening in my daily life and also a bit of badminton. Right now, I'm looking at the Nikon D5100 as an option for long-term use, possibly using it with a tamron 18-200mm lens (because it's cheaper than the nikon ones..) and a 90/100mm macro lens for photographing my models. Good combination for my purposes? Some better things you can recommend? I can't spend too much money, I'm not going to spend over 1200USD.. I don't really understand too much of those numbers and figures on the spec sheets for cameras, so it's really hard for me to know what's suitable. I was initially interested in the Sony Alpha NEX-5 because of its low-ish pricetag and the fast-ish shutter speed which could be useful for taking badminton photos, but some people told me that it's got a small sensor and that there's a lack of lenses available for it, blah blah..