Well I have a manual Minolta right now, but I hardly use it (I'm still learning, not to mention film and developing costs are expensive). I plan to use it for action shots (I ride BMX, so obviously that), so it has to have a decent shutter speed along w/ manual abilities. I also want to use it for nature/street shots (or whatever you want to call it), so I want it to have good quality. I've been looking at the reviews for the canon g5 and that seems like a good camera, great pictures - but I'm not sure if it's the right camera for me. I'd like to get serious about photography and I figure might as well get a nice camera now rather than later. I've got a price range of about $500'ish - so help point me in the right direction .