[font color=\'#000000\']Man! Thanks for all of these replies. I always enjoy forums that you can get a good discussion started in. First of all I will clear up some of your questions. When I say to the next level I not only mean being able to take better pictures, but also as far as equipment goes. Here is what I am thinking, let me know what you all think. I want to eventually move up to medium format, but before that can happen (experience wise and budget wise) I need to prove to myself that I am at that level. Jtindall metioned that you need to critique your pics and I couldn't agree more, in fact I think I'm harder on myself that any other person alive. Matthew Cromer metioned that a digital camera would be a good investment, again you guys are reading my mind. I bought one of the first digital cameras and was oh so disappointed at its quality. Although, now I feel that they are actually getting somewhere with digital SLRs nowadays. Sorry if this seems a little scatter brained you have all given me so much insight that my brain is going a million miles an hour. Also another question that I have raised in my mind so many times is whether or not the camera body or lens would have the bigger effect on image quality and I think that a more expensive lense is a better investment than a more expensive camera body. Now before anyone takes me as being naive I know that there are many many things that effect image quality besides just the lens or camera body for that matter. My stuff that I have now is basically junk probably to many of your standards, but I will list what I have. (Keep in mind that I have only recently begun to get more serious into photography even though I have always loved it. Not to mention the meager budget I am on.) Here it is: Canon Rebel 2000 (Good camera for the money), 28-80 mm joe smoe lens that comes with it, quantaray 80-300 mm with EDO macro (please don't laugh), a quantaray polarizer filter, and a vivtar tripod. I know there isn't much there and I still need some equipment for landscape stuff, but it is a start. I have been seriously considering a D60, but what do you all think of it? Also how big of a print can you do with it? So here is where I stand right now. 1. I think I should look into some books on lanscape photography, possibly this 'The making of landscape photographs' by Charles Waite. 2. If the D60 is a good camera I think that I can save money on the developing costs and at the same time learn more by seeing my photos right after I take them. I have all of the computer equipment necessary for working with and printing digital photos so there would be no additional cost there. I know it will take a long time for the camera to pay for itself in developing costs, but the learning that it will enable me to do will definitely be worth the extra cost. 3. Finally start the endless proccess of acquiring better lenses and the other necessary equipment needed to move to the "next level". 4. And last, but not least experience, experience, experience.
Thanks again everyone, and any other advice on what I have said would always be welcome/encouraged at least to help me decide if this is a good roadmap.
P.S. Sorry it took me so long to reply I was on vacation and sorry for the lenghty post there was just so much info presented.[/font]