So, #5 was this Canon SLR deal post. Obviously this deal is long dead, but there is an awesome Canon deal that I posted on December 20 that IS still available. If you're in the market for a good SLR, this would be the deal I'd take if I had an extra $600 or so lying around.
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Here's a great DSLR deal! The Canon T3i is a big favorite, but right now they have some good markdowns. If you buy the T3i with 18-55 mm lens right now, it is $200 off at just $699. It also comes with some good freebies. You'll get this backpack, a 16 GB memory card, a free Tiffin filter, and potentially a free printer. You'll want to click this link for all the details, but the printer is just over $400. Until December 31, you'll get $400 gift card with the purchase of this camera and this printer.
If you're also looking for some books to help you use your camera better, I'd recommend these:
Check them out at the library first, but you may find you always want them on hand. Enjoy!