I am new to the idea of getting a SLR camera, and currently have a canon point and shoot. I am taking photography as a class while studying in Italy and with others cameras have noticed what a difference a SLR will make. In attempt to not be over wordy in a question, it is a question between the Nikon and canon kings of the SLR world. Does anyone know if either company has a better reputation? I know both manufacturers are very good but it is hard to settle on a company knowing how much money will be sunk into the lenses. Without too much technical jargon some help would be appreciated. Also for either brand what entry level cameras I should consider and lenses. I am an architecture major so I am always taking pics of buildings or details on buildings. I have recently been having fun with night photography. I do not take action pictures very often if that makes much of a difference.