Alright guys I am learning lots from this site and found out that I should have done a little more research before I bought my Finepix s700. However it takes great pictures for what it is and a great starting camrea that I am happy with. However after the first of the year I will be upgrading to a true slr. What do you guys think about the canon rebel. Here is the link. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=139&modelid=11154 Im going to play with it at a local camra shop tomorrow but would like to know what you think as far as a noob moving up in photography? It fits my budget for now. Also I would like to know.... With a digital camera everyone knows if you push half way down to take a shot the camera focuses on what your taking and you can then press all the way down to take the shot. What I want to know is... Do you just press all the way down and hold steady or do you first focus then press all the way down? Which would be the proper way and is there a difference between just pressing to focus or pressing all the way down and letting the camrea focus then shoots? Also I would like to know with more advanced camreas such as this canon I am looking at. With most cameras they have modes. Now are these modes there for both noobs like me lol and the expert people. Lets say there is an expert. He is taking a macro shot of a flower. Does this expert use the mode or does he just us manual mode cause he has learned bout lighting and what not. Also do the modes better a picture if some can't get the shot by setting shutter speed and just using manual mode. Do all theses mode still play in roll when you become a better at photography? One thing about this camera I looking at that I did not mention. It says it take a cf card. I am not sure what a cf card is and are they standard for a true digital slr like a standard sandisk for a my camra? Is there any trade offs between shooting speeds and right times. Thanks guys and gals so much for answering these questions. I know its a lot of questions but answer the best you can thanks.