Hi! This is my first post and it's one of those annoying "what should I get questions" Thanks in Advance! This seems like a good forum and I plan on sticking around and contributing after this post . Currently I use a compact digital (Sony Cybershot H-7) and a Asahi Pentax ES (old SLR from 70s-if anyone has any experience with this camera, let me know! I have a question about the light metering). My skill and interest in photography has rapidly developed since I started several years ago and I've deemed myself ready for a dSLR. Although I primarily use my digital compact, I've read a lot about SLRs and photography techniques and treat my compact compact as if it were an SLR by using every manual function available in order to get past its limitations (I even purchased awful wide angle/telephoto lens for it. aye). I'm not an amateur looking for a step-up from a point and shoot-I need professional features and I expect and want a learning curve. That being said, I still need help understanding and choosing between all the diverse and technical functions of today's dSLRs. My price max is $650 (including lens), but I might be willing to spend a little more if it will get me into the next tier of quality. I also plan on spending a bit more anyways to purchase small accessories (filters, memory, ect...), so maybe I could hold off on some the less-than-essential accessories for the time being. Please say if your quoting me street or list prices. Also, I don't have any professional photo software on my computer; I'd appreciate some info about the included software that comes with cameras these days and their limitations compared to high end professional software such as photoshop. Most of my photos are either photojournalistic/candid/street or low light/long exposures (10-30sec). Here are a few links to my flickr so you can maybe suggest features that might be important to me but that I am not aware of: (West Kirby, England. 2009) on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (Negev Desert, Israel. 2009) on Flickr - Photo Sharing! DSC02948_2 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! DSC01994_2 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! DSC02841 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! DSC04781 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Features that are most important to me: -Double Exposure -Low graininess is low light (are there any trade-offs for this?) using long exposure and LOW ISO. -included software, but only if the cameras are otherwise comparable! -MP, do higher megapixels assist with low light photography/long exposures? -ruggedness (I enjoy shooting at the beach/near water and outdoors) -amount of image deterioration from filters. -highlight priority/D-lighting/Dynamic Range Also, would my pentax's analog lens be compatible with a dSLR? I'm assuming I'll at least have to be an adapter ring. Thanks so much!