Thanks to the good advice I got here, I bought Canon 400D. I started experimenting with the camera and am very happy with it. Here are my first photos: One leg bird (f5.6; 1/100; ISO 200) Rural (f14; 1/400; ISO 400) A-a-a! (f10; 1/200; ISO 200) Lonely beach (f11; 1/250; ISO 200) I’ll ask for advise what could I have done better to improve the images. I didn’t touch them with Photoshop, except to reduce their size for internet. I’ll also ask about the auto focus. I find focusing manually much better, especially in telephoto end. It seems to me the auto focus then is useless. It wiggles forth and back and if I’m patient enough and wait longer, it stops unfocused. Is this normal? Or my lens is faulty? Or my eye? When I focus manually, its’ great! I’ll appreciate any comments.