I want a canon because I want the best macro lens, and a professional photographer gave in the best review on insect photography. I should be able to get the lens next year too. So its worth it. I also plan to take a digital photography class next year too.
Nepfreak, yes, its true that their are a lot of non-social wasps out their but, that goes for bees as well. These wasps are closer related to hornets, yellow jackets, and ants. Also their workers and queens are very borderline, the larger workers are capable of mating and laying fertile if the queen dies. Also all workers are capable of laying infertile eggs that become males. Have you ever seen those small single comb nest under roofs? Well those nests belong to poliste wasps.
Nep lover, most ants can see. Some ants can't while others can see you long before you can see them. Formica are one of the better seeing ants and most also have ocelli you see on wasps. So if you were to approach an active nest entrance you should be able to see the workers hide from you.