I've had enough of dealing with sales associates that can't provide me with proper advice and information. On my last trip to the store, when I asked an associate what were the major differences (and advantages) between the Nikon D40x and the D80, I was told "one has more buttons, and uhm, yeah, that pretty much sums it all." I continued the conversation, only to get told more stuff like that, he obviously didn't have much of a clue what he was talking about. Anyways, I'm posting here for many reasons. I've been getting more serious about photography in the past 3 years, and I'm looking for advice. I currently own a Canon A620 (and previously an HP Photosmart point and shoot). I don't know if anyone here has one and can offer me some advice on how to put it to better use. Lately, though, I've been seriously thinking of upgrading to a dSLR camera (I have a film SLR, the Canon EX Auto, I believe), and I'm not sure what would be the most suitable for me. I enjoy macro photography, landscapes, animals, and some portraits. So far, I was considering the Nikon D40, D40x, D60 or the Canon XT, XTi, but I want to keep my options open. I just uploaded a few pictures I took to my flickr account. I should get more up this week. I'd appreciate, if anyone has time, any comments, good or bad, as they're what helps get better results. http://www.flickr.com/photos/popoyaki/ Sorry about the long post.