I've had my d80 less than a week and have been taking a lot of bad photos with it. It's metering systems doesn't seem to handle contrasty scenes as well as my cannon is3. In the evening I usually go into the backyard and take sunset pics of my garden and chickens. With the is3 I would get nice pics of the golden light and nice shadows. With the D80 I seem to get totally opaque shadows and blown out light areas. I've tried a few different exposure modes and keep getting the same results. It's frustrating going from getting great pics from a 200$ p&s to getting horrible results from a 900$ SLR. Is the learning curve usually this steep when starting with a digital SLR, it's not like I'm new to photography. I've been shooting digital since 2000, and before that I was shooting slides for 5 years on my eos 3. Uggh help, frustrated!