I'm finally, finally getting serious about photography and purchasing a camera. At the moment I'm just trying to read up on as much camera basics as possible—mostly stuff to do with exposure at the moment—but I don't suppose the "real" learning will begin until I've got my hands on a functioning camera. I want the control that DSLRs offer, but all I've read concerning mirrorless camera systems suggests that they're just as good (despite the lack of optical view). If anyone has any particular recommendations for reading material (there's a pretty good public library nearby, but I'm sure there are good online forums such as this one) or actual cameras (I'll hopefully find something good used in downtown Chicago), that would certainly help. In any case, it's just nice to go through this thread and get a feel for what's possible with a decent-to-great camera and some skill.