Hello, I 100% agree with all the above. I purchased my D5100 about 1 year ago. Previously I had no experience with DSLRs. The D5100 has been an excellent camera for me to start with... and as stated above, I do believe I will grow with it. I have very similar lens (18-55 and 55-300) as well as the Nikkor 35mm 1.8 prime. This is a very nice and fast prime lens for the money and it should help us beginners with composition... i.e.: not relying on zoom and having to slow down and think more about the shot. I have a small but very easy to use slingshot bag and a tripod. The bag holds my D5100, 3 lens, filters, some misc items and the tripod straps on the outside. I do not even have any software yet... I rely on Nikon's free ViewNX2.