I've just recently began taking photography more seriously in my life as opposed to the recreational uses of a camera that ive always had. In my short experience with photography in a serious forum, Ive taken several classes to study up on the new functions of the more advanced cameras as well as there many applications. Im presently in the market for a new camera and have researched this for quite sometime now. My interests in photography have grown and the applications of which i use the camera have as well. Ive been taking pictures of all sorts (portraits, scenic, action shots - atheltic events), and I dont know which way to go for a camera. Im looking to purchase a camera that would be able to support my interests as well as provide me with room to grow. Ive been looking at Canon's EOS Elan 7 and the EOS 3, Nikon's N80 and F100, and the Minolta Maxxum 7. It just seems as if i cant determine which is best for my needs and experience. I know that these are all well rated, i just have got to that point that I think its best to ask for advice from a more knowlegeable resource.