the term for Canons, professional shit. If you want top of the line, it's what you buy.
Mikon and canon both build great rigs. Like I told you before, if your going to be asking me for help buy a canon, if your going to be asking bill for help, buy a Nikon.
The D40 is the best "deal" going out there right now. I like Caonons personally as there is an endless supply of lens choices available in every price range, and theres no waiting lists.
If you want canon, look at either the 30D or the XTI like mine. Best buy had a 30D in thier sale add yesterday, with a lens but I dont remember which one.
as far as Canon lenses, For zoom I have a 70-300 with Image Stabilization that was about 500 bucks through amazon.com. Everytime I use it is when my photos get compliments.
I also have the standard kit lens which rarely ever comes out anymore.
Another is my 17-55 with Image stabilization from amazon, that was another $500.00
then I have a 50mm Prime lens (no zoom range) that was believe it or not, only 79 bucks through amazon but takes awesome portrait type shots.
then your going to want to invest in filters for all of it. Circular polarizers and UV filters, plus any specialties filters you may feel the need for.