Too F**king Expensive! Film SLRs are not that bad, but I do not want to be working with film (developing, scanning, etc.), so it must be digital, yet for a digital SLR... I would much rather spend $3000 on a decent trip and just use my Casio compact (which was $800 back in the day, anyway) than fork out quite a bit on a digital SLR and a basic lense pack at the current time... First I have to get that $3000, though.
I just spent the weekend looking into prices and the like, which kind of led to me going . I am sorry if that is not the type of response that you were after. One of the older members (2002) is/was a photographer of sorts (if my memory has not gone AWOL), but I do not think that he visitis the forum anymore.