I bought a canon rebel xti digital slr, after the first of the year and have been trying to learn to use the dang thing since then. There are some features I love about the camera, one being there is NO delay after taking a photo like there is on a reg. digital. You can snap, snap, snap. I love that. I have 2 different lenses that I use, that is the pain, you have to stop, take one lense off, dig the other out, attach that lense, put the other up. I was beginning to think I would never take a good photo. I took the canon with me on this trip and absolutely love 90% of the photos that I took. I think I am learning it. Do lots of research if you are considering one. One reason I went with the Canon was I already had two lenses for a 35mm slr canon that would work with the digital slr. You have to have a zoom, mine goes to 200 and I am looking at one that goes to 300, but that is in the future, they are not cheap. I as glad you liked the photos, thanks for letting me know. Makes me feel good about my photography. Good luck finding a camera.