To all the experts out there: I am new to photography. I enjoy taking pictures with digital cameras, but I feel a lack of control. I will be taking classes in the fall and I'd like to get a nice SLR beforehand to tinker before I am into a class. A few recomendations would be great. Many people have refered me to different brands, but as it is now, I have no clue what the differences could be. I have read many reviews of Nikon, Pentax, Cannon, etc., and still have no starting point. I want to reserve about $300-$400 for body, a lens or two, case, tripod and one of those cables you use to take pictures without jilting the camera body (the name of those escapes me at present). I currently own no camera and have no bias towards any company. Have fun to those who post here, no flame wars or insults. I really want great factual information and any that is offered will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance to any that take time to respond. Note: Non-Digital SLR recomendations please.