I've been lurking since I started checking out reviews for a dslr. Now that I have one, I thought I'd pop in and say hi. I got the D3000 because I wanted a camera that I could take great pictures with out of the box, while building a nice collection of lenses. When my son Russ gets a little older I can pass it on to him.....after I upgrade of course. Please take a look at my flickr page and c&c, it's only my first day of shooting.... I did use my Minolta X700 quite a bit way back in high school, so I understand the concepts and lingo....but am a bit out of practice. One thing I'm curious about... is there any way to get the light from the flash to be less harsh while I'm saving up for faster glass / add on flash unit..... and if not which of those should I get first.