Ive been to best buy every day this week playing with the camera, I have done some price matching, and I have got the camera with 15-55 lens, 75-300 lens, flash, and the "canon gadget bag" that includes basically a battery and 58mm UV filter, for around $1000. I am also considering a Ultra III 2gb CF card for it. I have had a Minolta 35mm SLR for years, I am just getting sick of film photography for a majority of my every day and vacation photography. I got a bunch of rolls burned in a x-ray machine during the first inaguration of GWB, most DC security wont let you scan film in a lead bag. Thats just one example, but I am just not that into film anymore. Im not going to sell the gear, I have alot invested in B&W darkroom stuff to get rid of it, but I want to move to digital SLR. I have had a P&S digital camera for a while, but it is of course just a convenience camera, and I would like to have the serious gear available when I want it. So basically, is the Canon Rebel XT a good camera to consider for the price range? I am buying at Best Buy because they have good financing. I played with the Nikon D40, but I think that the focusing is flawed. It takes forever to focus, and it seems that it ALWAYS pulls the image out of focus before it comes into focus. I have tried this camera at 5 different places and every time it just sucks. Most of the sales persons pointed this out as well. I also think that there are some great package deals out there for the Canon. I looked at the Canon 30D, and while it is downright awesome, it is out of the price I am willing to pay.