My first dSLR went back to Costco this weekend (yay 90-day return policy!). I didn't know enough before my first purchase, but learned through my class that the beginner SLR bodies have no internal motor, which makes the lenses required to Auto-focus more expensive. After deciding which lens I wanted to add on next, it made sense to put the extra money into a better body rather than pay the lens premium.
After several late nights of research, and fumbling with my two finalists at a camera shop, I decided on and ordered my new gear today. I'll have the lens on the right v. the one shown on this body. It's good for portraits and low light, but not the most versatile lens (need to learn to "zoom with my feet") so I still need to decide on an everyday zoom to round out the camera bag. For now, I'll have enough of a learning curve with the new body and prime lens to keep me busy for awhile.
We attended a baptism yesterday, where I was without a camera for the first time in awhile. I had a bit of a nervous twitch with my hands sitting idle -- I suppose that's how you know you've really caught the (shutter)bug! Well, that and being nerdy enough to post photos of your camera to a blog :)