i am extremely new to photography and need some advice on what "type" of camera to buy. iv been looking but around and narrowed it down to either nikon or canon. my first choice was canon but i talked to this guy who owns a camera store and he told me canon technology is better, but nikon lenses are better. i need something that i will be able to learn on. i like the idea of fully manual but dont know if its the best idea. but i dont really like the idea of buying an af camera like the n80 because i dont like the feel of af cameras, and i cant really explain why because i havent been around cameras long enough to be exact on why. i have an old manual minolta that works ok but its getting old and rickety. my birthday is coming up soon and im at a loss at whats the best thing to get. also i plan on going to school for photography and feel i should get something i will be able to use for a while. any help would be appreciated to the fullest. p.s. im new to this place and just wanted to say hello. once i find a place to host my images ill post my shoty attempts.