i just need to add one qst do you think the Canon 1000D a good one to start with!!???u see my knowledge so far is point and shoot to tell you the truth!! but when i look at pictures i have the eye for details and in front of a good picture i always wish i am the person behind the cam.... never too late to learn!! thank you again for the link, i will let you know of my choice. Merry Christmas by the way and Happy New Year!