Well, after asking around for advice and insight into what I should get to replace my AS3000IS, I have decided to save up for a Nikon D95. Since it sounds like I'll have about a year to save for it, and the current POS camera I own is failing (aberrant focus issues), I wanted something to hold me over until I have enough money for the Nikon. I have stayed with Canon for the time being and have purchased a Canon EOS Rebel XS. If anyone owns, or has owned one, would you please comment on it for me? Once I get my "sea legs" with this camera (hopefully through the weekend), I will start posting new photos again. In the meantime, I will start commenting so that my ratio of comments to posts is all cleared up. Thanks everyone for having me. You all (well, most) have been wonderful!