I'm not exactly a beginner, I started shoot film circa 1975-6. I continued until a few years ago, and it just got to be too much for a condo, hanging neg's in the shower, digitizing neg's with lousy results, and trying to revive them with photoshop (elements). I truly missed photography and after a lot of questions here, and recommendations from folks on the forum, I bought myself a Xmas present, a Nikon D610 and a Nikon 50mm F1./4 lens. I actually decided to get back in and go digital a while ago, but took a great deal of time thinking it over. Well the lens and body got here today, and my heart sank when I saw the size of the user's manual. I knew there would be a steep learning curve, but I got that sick feeling that I did back in my college days. You know, when your trying to move your stuff to your room, get classes scheduled or rescheduled, you pick up one or two texts, and one sadistic professor has a nice little note tucked in instructing you to read 2 or 300 pages of text before the first class. You know, like you didn't have anything else going on. Well, as I said, I knew the learning curve would be steep, and it wouldn't come by osmosis, so I decided that since it was late in the day for UPS, I'd just unpack everything, make sure I got what I ordered, and everything looked good and undamaged. My first impressions were that this camera felt sort of small and a little cramped in my hands, which seemed strange because I have somewhat small hands for my size. No sweat, I think I'll grow into it, but I really wonder what it will feel like with a larger lens, like a 70-200mm? I did order a Nikon battery grip, and maybe that will feel more natural, we'll see. The controls reminded me of the cockpit of a large Air Force cargo plane, only a little more than intimidating lol.... Well, I knew this was going to be a "challenge", and felt I was up to it. A quick browse of the manual doesn't even get to taking a first shot until about halfway through, so it looks like it'll be a while longer before I can get out of the house and start shooting and experimenting with it. Well, I wanted a challenge, and the sick feeling in my stomach when I started browsing the manual, only made me feel slightly less elated, than I did before I opened the boxes. I only wish I could have handled the camera before I bought, but without driving to Cincinnati, the only store I could find in my area that sold FX digital camera's was Best Buy, and the kid behind the counter where they keep them locked didn't seem to know what I was talking about, and just said "we don't have any in stock", without looking, then went on to brag about his cell phone to some admiring teenaged girls. Well, in the words of the late, great, Frank Zappa - "Great Googely Moogely"