Alright fellas, my fiancee (soon to be wife) and I will be headed to Europe for a 12 day Mediterranean cruse. We had a point-and-shoot camera that just went out on us, so we figured maybe it's time for a nicer camera. I don't know a whole lot about apertures and F-stops, but I am looking forward to learning. A camera that is beginner friendly would be great. The one I'm leaning towards is the Nikon D3100. I can buy the camera by itself cheaper, but I'm not sure if I will need the 55-200mm lens in the future. What is the benefit to buying the additional larger lens? Will it be necessary for beginners or is it for more advanced photographers shooting fast motion and the like? I also like the fact this bundle comes with beginner books and DVD's. http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...kon d3100&No=0&Nty=1&Ntx=mode matchallpartial Also considering the Canon Rebel T3.. I don't want to start a flame war for Canon/Nikon though!! Any advice?