Hello there, I'm new to this forum and relatively new to photography as a whole. I'm seeking advice (in understandable newbie language, lol) from knowledgeable camera people. As of now, I have two pocket cameras (HP Photosmart 735 & Canon Powershot A530). I'm aware that my cameras are considered far from decent, but they have served their purpose. I'm interested in getting my first digital SLR camera, and upon doing research I've narrowed it down to the Canon Rebel XTi and the Nikon D40/D40x. Having some experience with Canon, I initially leaned toward the XTi. However, today I spoke to a man in a photography store and he told me that the D40/D40x would probably better suit my needs. He said that the Nikon D40/D40x lenses are generally cheaper and of similar quality to the Canon lenses. I'm still a beginner, as you can see, and the general purpose of my camera will be to take pictures of my dogs, family members, and perhaps some landscape shots (I'm going to Greece in March, and I would love to have my camera by then). I really like Depth of Field, so a camera/lens that could take nice pictures with DOF would be ideal. My budget isn't very high (I'm sixteen years old), so which DSLR camera would you recommend? Is it worth the extra price to go from the Nikon D40 to the Nikon D40x? Which lenses would you recommend (I really know nothing on lenses)? Are there any other DSLR cameras you would recommend? Thank you very much in advance, and I look forward to your responses and advice.