Hi Gang, I bit the bullet. I ordered a nice new digital camera yesterday. A Coolpix 4500. I've already downloaded the lastest Gimp for Windows. Once I get my hands on the camera I will run out to a nice camera shop and get a quality 28mm skylight filter to protect the lens and a pro strap. I'll probably also head over to Wally World or Circuit City and get a 64Mb "film" card. I figure I'll wait till Christmas for the 2x lens adaptor. What other "goodies" are must-have's for the digital photo set? That "Zio" thing? Something else? Inquiringly, RonL.