I used to photograph quite a bit when I used my old 35MM with interchangeable lens. It was actually my husband's equipment and I honestly didnt pay too much attention to each lens. I just played around and trusted my eye. When digital came out I bought a cheapy 100 dollar cam at Walmart. :mrgreen: I loved the instant gratification. I quickly out grew the camera in 6 months and bought a Canon G6 cuss it was the closest thing I could afford to a SLR. Ive had it about 5 yrs now and when I try to experiment other than auto mode, my pics come out fuzzy or out of focus. My husband feels I have outgrown the camera and thinks I should invest in an SLR where I can change the lens. I would like to upgrade but wondering if I just havent mastered the G6 still. Im a newbie graphic designer and spend more time adjusting others work for my work. I'd like to use more of my own stuff. Im looking at the Canon EOS XTI 12.2 megapixel. I can get the camera body alone and then add a lens but since I was never really great with that not sure if I should just go with the kit lens to start off with. I like to photograph family, landscapes, and vacations. Hubby said to invest in a Maco cuss I like to experiment with close ups. Ok...any suggestions is much appriecated!