let me just say i'm very much an ameture in the digital photography field, so please forgive me for sounding stupid, and please don't laugh at me okay, so since I was small, my father has been very interested in photographing, but he's never professional, and he always tend to take too many pictures (and that was back then when there wasn't digital photography..).. but i always thought taking picture was very cool thing to do... and few yrs ago i took a photography class, which tought me some basic stuff, and got me further into photography. i had a non digital SLR, and digital non SLR (a sony from like 4 yrs ago).. it pretty much satisfy anything i needed... but recently i've being increasingly more interested with digital photography (i believe that increasing interest came along with my recent convert to mac).. so i think in the near future i might be in for getting a new DSLR... but i dont think i will be doing anything professional, just ameture and recreational okay, enough of background... so i think most of what i want come with all digial SLRs, these are the features i wish to have (forgive me for coming up with my own language): ability to take sports pictures... perhaps what i mean is less lag between pressing down the botton and shutter, and between shutters ability to manual focus and auto focus ability to manual and auto control aperture ability to change lens ability to add on flash there may well be many thing that i haven't considered, i need your help also, i have heard the debate between canon and nikon... what are the advantage of each? how good are other brands such os panasonic and olympus? can you recommend a model or two? for my general use, is a standard lens enough? or should I consider getting more than one lens? Thanks so much!