May I just throw out a few objectives and ask for advice? Forgive me for the bulk of this post. It may seem that I've arrived here without doing any research. But actually I've tried recently to get up to speed. I did a fair amount of travel photograpy years ago (the film age) in the military and in college. A little bit of experimentation with common filmstocks and filters and basic darkroom tech. Then a decade lapsed where I never touched a camera. Come 2002 I bought a 1.5mpxl pentax compact to post images on the web and for very basic business use.. images of equipment, electronics, real estate. Just auto mode, very basic use. I've all but forgotten my fundamentals. Last year I got a Samsung SL420 10mpxl compact. Nicer images. Seems well built. I very recently got the 'bug' again to have a little more fun with this. But I don't want to reengage in the hobby too fully. I have a tendancy to go overboard and don't have the time or money right now. But digital photograpy has made a mince of what an 'old school' hobbyist like myself used to understand. I don't wish to get highly technical with my gear, but I place a very high premium on attaining extrememly high image resolution when needed. I have a good enough understanding of my usage needs to feel confident that a DSLR with a prime 50mm 1.4 lens would likely do for 99.9 percent of my shots. I actually never use the zoom function on my compact; that's just my personal style/preference of shooting. If it is the case therefore that one 'prime' lens would basically never leave my camera, am I wasting money on a DLSR? I guess I like the idea of having that bigger, faster, lens in front of me for more control in various light. A Nikon D40 'off the shelf' with a prime 50mm 1.4 lens would probably be just the thing, except.... One thing that encourages me to get the DSLR is the ability to use filters, polarizing, colored filters for B&W, etc. But is that even relevant anymore to basic hobby usage? Can all/most of that be corrected post-edit with software nowadays? I read a few places that the D40 does not support autofocus with prime lenses. What? Did I read that correctly? Seems a shame that I'd have to go up in price to gain this support. Ok, now that you know a little about me, any recommendations? Perhaps even a less expensive brand DSLR than the Canons or Nikons since I'm not anticipating owning more lenses in the future? Any fixed lens basic, but high quality, digital cameras out there with very nice big and fast lenses? Oh, and one more question. What the heck is it with the state of this art that tethering capability is not common to even the lowest life form of digital camera? When I upgraded to the Samsung after almost ten years of amazing industry development since the Pentax, I (seriously) just assumed that I would be able to tripod mount the camera and 'hot-sync' it to my laptop via USB to adjust settings, snap images, and edit on the fly directly from my keyboard. I was astonished to find that this capabillity is only available in the higher level DSLRs. This would be a walk in the park for any camera manufacturer to include in it's programs and software. For god's sake, cellphone aps do everything but serve popcorn nowadays, and I can't link my digital camera functions to my laptop? Is this something that I can expect to be able to do, even with 3rd party software, with any of the 'entry' level cameras that I'm shopping for? Thanks so much!