So ... i figured I'd do a little window shopping, at B&H Video ... and ran through the three primary lenses in my list of "have to haves" ... and here's the result as of 1/15/2009

TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) ............ $399
TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO ..... $349
TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO ...................... $619

Totaling out at .................................................. ............... $1,367

Folks, that is a whole lot less than I paid only a year ago. You round these three out and you have a real fighting chance, indoors and out. It beats the heck out of dealing with f/4-glass.

Add in an A700 ($999) and you have a real deal at less than $2400. Heck, an A900 with NO lenses costs you $3000!

Now, this is my idea of a "kit!"