Hi guys and gals! Earlier this month I asked a question on which computer I should get to take me through college, and I was told the Macbook I already have should suit me just fine. So, with the money I'll be saving anyways, I'd like to spend some of it on something I've wanted to get into for a while, but just never really decided to put some money into - photography. Now, I'm not going to be doing some "Super professional, expect to get paid for this" shots. This is all just for personal enjoyment. I was originally looking at point and shoot cameras. However, after getting to know what features I wanted, each camera I looked at was more expensive than the last. Eventually, the ones I was settling on were several hundred dollars, anyways. In additon, I want to be able to tinker with settings, and I'm pretty dead-set on getting a DSLR. But which one? I've done quite a bit of research. And while Cannon and Nikon tend to be recommended accross the board, I have my heart set mostly on the Sony a100. I had a chance to play with this one at Circuit City, and it just felt the best in my hands, and the button placement was great. However, both the Rebel XT and the D50 can be had for atleast $100 less. By going with the Sony, am I spending money I don't need too, or am I making a stupid mistake by not going with another brand? I mean, the Sony has received some favorable reviews, it just seems like a Canon or Nikon is still more recommended. I don't really know exactly what I'm asking here, and I'm trying not to be too wordy. However, I tend to trust the opinions here on MR (Hey, you guys talked me into the Macbook, and I'm loving that. ). So, what would you reccomend for a beginning photographer who is taking pics for fun, but might possibly pursue a minor in photojournalism in college to coincide with his major in journalism? Is the Sony a good choice? Also, for the time being, I'll likely just use the kit lense. I plan on maybe picking up a wide angle lens in the summer, and maybe a zoom lense for Christmas... if that matters... EDIT: Wow, I just re-read my post, and noticed I didn't throw out the biggest factor: Price. As you can likely tell from my post, $800 is on the high end of the spectrum, but I expect to spend at least $500.