I don't really get some people. I really don't. The main people who say "come to me if you need anything" are the main people to lead you astray. OK...I want to buy an SLR camera. I'm not a newbie to operating cameras but I don't know all the functions hence m trying to buy a camera for myself. So, I decided to ask my friends who have one. My photographer friends. Only ONE has answered. ONE. These people be the main people talking about I'm trying to help other cause nobody helped me and blah, blah, blah. Then the only person who answered my question saying its not just the camera. I asked another question asking for pointers. no reply yet from him or anybody else I asked. I hate that. Don't put yourself out there if you're not gonna help me out Its OK...luckily I know about cameras a tad and am going to go with my instinct. Of course I'm getting a Nikon. I love Nikons. Best cameras on the market in my opinion. Only downfall is if it breaks its my ass since we only have one retailer qualified to fix Nikons. Canons are good to buy Nikons are *sighs* Heavenly pieces of photography. I'm gonna read some more before I buy. I wish I had a friend to help me sometimes. It sucks having to be a loner.