Hello there: This is my first posting on this site. I'm an amateur photographer looking to invest in my first serious camera. I have a Canon SD500 Powershot and an ok Nikon film camera with a crappy lens. Most of my photography is either wedding photos or travel photos (last trip to Nepal resulted in about 500 photos which I will post a few of eventually). I've got a bit of skill but I think I need to invest a serious amount of time and energy into really developing my photography skills. I want to spend that time with a camera that I can use in a variety of situations that will serve me well over the next 10 years, i.e., I want to learn on the camera that I am going to use, not on the cameras that I have currently. I've got quite a bit of capital to invest in a camera (about $3000) and I wondering if you have recommendations for a 35mm film camera and required lens(es) for someone in my position. I'm also thinking of taking a class (I live in LA) and I was wondering if anyone had any leads on that front. I work as an attorney currently but will likely be moving to the foreign service next year. Photography has been my passion for the last 10 years but I've always felt that with a better camera and a lot more time invested in learning the basics, I would be a much better photographer. I met a photographer for National Georgraphic in Nepal who was lauding the merits of a Leica but I'm not sure if it's versatile enough for what I am looking for. The romance of it does appeal to me but I want to be practical about this investment since I want this investment to serve me well for the next 10 years. Advice?