O.K. I finally took the leap and got a new camera that will shoot in RAW and take different lenses! I read about several cameras and was really leaning toward the Rebel XSi but decided to go for the XS because of the lower price. Although it has fewer megapixels I used the money I saved to get a telephoto lens as well as the lens that came with the camera. ( I tried a Nikon D-something, too but just wasn't comfortable with it.) It was an interesting process trying to figure out what my priorities were, within my budget. I'll let you know what I think of the camera as I get used to it. I want to thank all of you who gave me advice here! This is a very helpful forum.
I just got one. Sears had a special...camera and telephoto lens as well as the lens included with it...buy both save $150.00. I also have the Rebel EOS 35mm so that EF lens can be used with the new "toy". The other lenses I got for the 35mm probably won't mesh as (told me by tech support) film cameras and digital talk differently to each other.
That being said...I hope I'll love the new camera. I am a TOTAL computer DUMMY. Since I loaded the new softwear my 'puter has done wierd stuff...probably me not knowing what I'm doing. Plus right after I got it we had nasty weather for 6-7 days in a row. Not gonna go play and outside in a gully-wash. LOL Played some today, but have yet to dump onto the "computer beastie". I do like the feel of it. Bill got me a Fugi Film digital which takes great pics, but feels like a tinker toy in my hands...plus the LCD screen burned out before it was 2 years old...hence the new purchase.
When you get it all figured out may I pick your brain?? LOL
Good. I want to check out flickr. I'm slowly learning about the new camera but still using my old one. Ginger, you are welcome to pick my brain but it is pretty slim pickin's at the moment. I did buy a book about the camera today so I can understand the manual! I am a computer dummy, too. But, D.H. isn't. So, I hope to get him busy with it by and by. He's in a video workshop for the next 2 weeks so I'll wait 'til his mind clears.
Just get on in there and "get your feet wet"! You will love it I'll bet. I usually learn a new camera or software by reading the manual a couple of times, stopping along the way to do what each section says. Then I just take photos daily. Do check flickr for lots of tips and it is great to store your photos there.