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lokhor: Thanks for all the advice everyone!
I think I'm going to try and buy some books to learn the basics and then go from there. Might see about doing a course (I am Wellington based) and then consider lenses a bit later on down the track. I think I might get a tripod quite soon as I want to do a bit of filming (for device reviews).