thanks so much everyone for all your tips and suggestions!!!

its going to take me a while to take all this information in...
i'll probably try to find and all manual + used one.
i'm trying to get something under $150-200. my max budget is about $300.

if i find a possible candidate online, i'll post again to ask for your opinions...
then you guys will have to help me out on which lense to buy for my body!
again, thanks a lot!!

if you have more suggestions or tips.... or know any good websites/books on basic photography.... dont hesistate to post away~ :P