Ah, but how I miss the luscious fumes of yesteryear, the hours of dark stillness and being blind for several more once I hit daylight.... but the time has come, for lack of readily available darkrom resources and sheer expense, to break down and get me a dang digital camera! So, I have done some homework, but because I am an admitted neophyte to digitalrama, I thought I'd go to those in the know instead of wandering open-jawed and glassy-eyed around the net any more. This is the deal: I'll start by spending about $600. I want the finest, strongest, user-friendliest, neato camera out there that will do mini videos in addition to fine still work. Is there such an animal? What might I steer towards first? Thanks in advance for the fab advice I know I'll get here (and I have no prejudices yet, so it's open season!) :hail: NB I have Photoshop Ele. 2 and am teaching myself how to use it- with websites' assist at times- practice makes perfect, of course..