Ok so here's my story. Plain and Simple. :er: Haven't picked up a camera since Photo I/II in college, and want to try dSLR because I have been in Manhattan every weekend and every time I despise not having a decent camera on me to document my visits. My budget is tops $700. I want to work mostly with portraits and abstract landscapes, but knowing me I'll branch out to other modes. Also, i prefer t have the option of black and white but I can do that on my computer...I'm fairly saavy at editing. What does Alicia purchase?