I recently purchased the highly recommended Canon Rebel EOS XTi to take advantage of the short term sale price. I haven't opened the box yet before I'm confident I did the right thing. I am an amateur whose Canon AE1 recently died, and I decided it was time to join the digital world. For the price of the Rebel, I have one lense (18-55mm), until I would purchase more (that's "if" at this point)....also more to lug around for an SLR. Would I be better off using a Canon power shot model with a 10-12x optical zoom, and smaller camera package, such as in a super zoom model? The lenses from my old 35mm camera are manual focus, and I don't believe they will be compatible with the EOS. That was my original thought when I purchased the digital SLR. I welcome any suggestions from the field! I'm still learning the digital language.