I'm looking for a first DSLR. As far as I can tell, a color histogram and exposure bracketing are the only really critical features I need to look at. People make beautiful, professional-looking photos with entry level cameras, and for anything under a 20x30, megapixels aren't a big deal. It seems, though, like HDR would be pretty hard without exposure bracketing, and the color histogram seems invaluable for properly exposing pictures. My choices: -D40. No exposure bracketing. -D50,D70. One-color histogram. -Canon Xti or 20D. These seem like good prospects. I like the 'feel' of nikons more, and these are both a little pricier than a d40/50/70, but I think they have both features I want. -Other brands: suggestions? I had heard that pentax, sony, olympus etc. had nice feature sets, but much shoddier metering and general image quality than the nikons and canons. However, I haven't taken any of them out shooting outside a camera store. Any help appreciated.