Gosh! Thank you all SOOOO much for your time and effort in responding to my questions!! This has been exceptionally helpful!! What I hear you saying is that I should focus on the housing and strobes because that will spark more interest for me. In the long run I can work toward better lenses and ports.
I am really trying to stay under $3000 for "all-new" equipment so that sort of limits me for right now. If I stay under that maximum, I will be severly limited in terms of a lens and port. The only one that I will be able to get will be the Canon 18-55mm with the 6" dome port. Of course, the trade-off will be that I will have a strobe and even then, I may have to go with the lower priced strobe, the D51 (or something like that). Of course, I could consider a cheaper housing set-up like that Fantasea line, but the reviews appear to be less than stellar. Any thoughts on a start-up set under $3000? Any information would be helpful!! Thanks....Ali