Hi, everyone. I'm new here. I'm also pretty new to photography--that is to say, photography that goes beyond point-and-click snapshots using whatever camera happens to be at hand. I became interested in going beyond this simple interface with cameras when I stumbled upon the shutter speed and aperture settings on my mom's digital camera--I'd read about the basics of these features on the internet a couple months ago and decided to give the settings a try. The result, on my first shot, impressed me--though it may be below typical quality compared to stuff everyone here is used to. Here it is: Like I said, it's probably below standard but I've never been able to take a picture and get exactly what I wanted from it, with a foreground in focus and the background kinda blurred. I know it's a little dark, but I'm sort of a dark person and all that dark green with the red/pink/purple/whatevercoloritis in middle just pleases me...in short, the picture captured exactly what drew me to the flower in the first place. Had I the presence of mind or the skill, I might have taken two more photos...one with the background in focus with the foreground out of focus and one with both in focus. But hey--I remember where that flower is and what time of day it caught my eye, so if I get a DSLR...who knows? Plus, there are billions of other flowers in the world. Heh, what an exciting prospect. But I digress...What I'm here to ask about is digital SLR's...they seem neat. They look like they can do more than the camera above. But, there are so many! Luckily, most of them are out of my price range...so that narrows it down. What I've been looking at are the Olympus EVOLT E-410, the Nikon D40x, and the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I'm really leaning toward the Olympus because on some websites I can find it in a kit with two lenses (which I really don't know anything about) for less than $720. This is a nice price, compared to what appears to be the MSRP listed in this Digital Photography Buyer's Guide that I picked up yesterday. I'm not sure about the other two, I haven't done much research into them but the kit's I've seen in the magazine seem to include only one lens at the same MSRP, leading me to suspect that the relative prices would probably be about the same on the websites I've found. So, any suggestions? Any words of wisdom? I definitely learned my lesson about impulse buying the first thing I saw with my current laptop...bad move on my part, but something I have learned to deal with. Oh, and are there any particular websites that anyone has advice about? Ones to stay away from? One's to check out? And what about used/refurbished equipment? Has anyone ever been burned by trying used equipment? Are warranties typically still good on used camera equipment? If I asked too many questions, please let me know how I can improve my queries. I know many forums have strict rules and guidelines but I didn't really notice any here yet--it's late and I should be getting to sleep soon, so I've been in a hurry to complete this post. Oh, and one more thing. I know this is getting a little long-winded, but are there any good references to learn about DSLR lenses? I'd like to know how to discriminate smartly when making my purchase--for all I know, the two lenses that come with the Olympus could be worse than the one that comes with the Canon kit.