I got a lot of feedback (thank you) on my previous post about DSLRs, so I wanted to give you an update and see if the Peanut Gallery has ongoing thoughts.
I took my "old SLR" (Quantaray 75-300) lens to Best Buy yesterday in order to see if it would work on a Canon DSLR body. There was some sort of error indicating that the body and lens weren't communicating, which squelched the possibility of using my old lens on a new body. Up until now I have had only Canon cameras, but now (especially since I can't use my old lens) I'm more open-minded.
Also, there is such a thing as Nikon School (thank you, Stuart). I have learned about photography but back when film was king, so I'm hoping to take their Intro to Digital class in November. It seems like the responsible thing to do when plunking down hundreds of dollars for something.