I finally made up my mind and decided to get the D90. Long story short, I used point on my credit card to "buy" the camera, so I decided to step up a model from the D5000 I had been looking at and just get the D90. People seem to give it a lot of love...so it must be a good camera. I have CERTAINLY "over bought" for my skill level, I know that. But I want to learn (HAVE to learn) so that I can eventually use this camera to its potential. So...what do I do? Obviously take lots of pictures and practice. Good books you could recommend? I will read the user manual, but those usually suck. (Electronics in general) I've seen a DVD video specifically for this camera, so I might check that out. All I know is if I just pick it up and start taking pictures, all I will do is re-enforce bad habbits, or ignorant habbits like "Auto" mode. I've read a lot of the "rate my pics" threads on here so I am beginning to get a grasp of what makes a "good picture". Feed me information! I'm like Johnny 5! "Need more input"! ***Note the camera comes with the basic kit lens (18-100?). So I am also trying to develop my skills to the point where I can properly determine what lens I should buy. Probably need somethign that goes to the 200mm range for what I will use the camera for.