This is crying for help. In the before-digital era I was a happy user of EOS300. Two years ago I switched to EOS350D. I won't comment on that, but a week ago I bought EOS450D. I took it for a test for a weekend on the coast. Beautiful sunny weather (only one weekend like that per year in Ireland) and the place was amazing so I hoped to be back with some killer photos. Unfortunately plenty of photos are having terrible contrasts. Faces became almost B&W or at least very pale. In very many situations I am loosing details. It never happened to me before! Additionally the colors are crazy. I did use in few cases pol filter, but I know how to use it and many pictures taken without filter have not natural colors. Green is usually washed out green. Blue... the sky it is always washed out and the sea dark blue. Not much red though. Like the faces-they are missing red, they are pale. I believe it has something to do with the setting of picture style. The setting was not there in 350d. It is supposed to process you pictures and you can add up sharpness saturation etc. I used mainly standard setting, testing also portrait and landscape, but they do not differ so much except landscape gives slightly more vivid colors. My colleague who is using 30d told me he has similar observations. He uses landscape setting with added sharpness and saturation. I am very curious if people have similar observations and how are you dealing with that. The change 300 to 350d was already a pretty tough one and now to 450d seems to be dramatic. And I cannot explain at home that the more expensive cameras I buy the worse photos I get. Another observation: when I used pol filter on top of UV filter, I can already see the rings in the picture (at 18 end). This may have something to do with the new diameter of the 18-55 kit lenses. Unfortunate though that I cannot use two filters at the same time. I would appreciate some advice. May be I need to set something up? Or is it better just sell the Canon and switch to Nikon?