Hello everyone (my first post). I'm still a beginner in photography, but I've been shooting for awhile now. My first camera was a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm and 135mm lens. I now currently still have that and also have a Minolta Maxxum 4 with lenses and a Canon Rebel T2. Out of all of them, I like my Canon best I'm looking to trade them in and get a DSLR, instead of film. Since I'm such a beginner, I think being able to see my mistakes that I'm making, as I'm making them will help me to really make a difference in my pictures. Especially since I don't have time in my life right now to take any classes. But I'm not rich! And I have house payments and loan payments and cable payments.....I'm always stuck between....personal stuff or new stuff for the house. Well, I got some quotes on what my camera stuff is worth This what I would sell... Canon Rebel T2 (body only) Minolta Maxxum 4 (35-80zoom/70-210zoom) Pentax K1000 (50mmfixed/135fixed*not quoted) Well, the total for all of it from a camera reseller (probably can get more on ebay) is $400 So I'm a little curious about these things.... 1) Would you sell your Pentax K1000 (my first camera), do I really need a film camera that I probably won't use? 2) I have been looking at the Rebel XT and Rebel XTi, but like I said, money is tight right now. I'm debating whether to get the XT or to save up for something a little more. I also will only have a basic 35-90mm lens for the new camera if I go with another Canon (the one I currently have). I'm having a hard time letting go of my stuff, because they were gifts, but I really want a DSLR. I just want to make sure I'm making the right decisions and that I am making informed decisions. Any, and I mean any, help and advice is appreciated. -- I enjoy macro photography and taking pictures of fences and my cats. I also enjoy just taking random pictures of things I see. And I love personal portraits as well too (which I'm still learning about aperture settings...). Again, thanks for your input. I hope to look around (when I'm not procrastinating studying) and learn a lot here.