be like me, go on the 2nd-hand route!
i got my 300d at $600 with kit lens in september this year in bns. it's a great cam for starting out. you can chk out my flickr pics.
all my lenses are 2nd-hand. there are very good buys in bns. i am getting my 2nd-hand 100mm macro tomorrow.
considering some Ls perhaps next year. hehe...