I'm recently back from a long weekend in Prague during which I took 360 pictures - mostly of various old buildings, bridges and other tourist type stuff. I had my Tamron 28-75 XR Di on the camera most of the time and the kit lens in the bag as it was light and would get me to a bit wider. I found the Tamron ideal most of the time and 18mm not wide enough when I needed it. (yes I have seen Seanys thread ) I shot in raw with small fine jpg for instant gratification on the laptop I took with me. Battery life was amazing. I had bought 2 1600mah compatibles from an ebay seller. One battery lasted 3 days and I only changed it because I thought I should - it still showed 30% ish. I did not turn the camera off AT ALL - apart from lens change and card removing... just let the camera sleep. I've started working through the pictures with rawshooter. The jpg's produced so far are much better than the camera jpg's viewed at the same size. Seems a worthwhile exercise but a bit of a chore. One thing I have realised looking at the pictures is that the pattern mode (or whatever the default is called) AF is often picking the wrong point. I noticed one of Seanys' sample shots with the wide angle had the same problem - Diane (?) on the chair has her forearm in sharp focus, not her eyes. I found the same thing with a thin tree branch stealing the focus from a nearby building. I just spent some time playing with the 'pick your own' focus point and got the kind of results i was expecting with every shot....something valuable learnt. Still not sure which is the best mode to choose. Most of the time I left it on 'auto depth of field' and changed to aperture priority when I wanted a particular DOF or best sharpness. Any thoughts on best mode for situation? I bought a 'bens pizza XL' Crumpler bag as a carry round for the camera and have been dead impressed with it. very quick to get the camera to hand, not too obviously a camera bag (looks like a lunch coolbag) and comfortable with what is quite a heavy lens on the camera. Only thing I did not like was the canon neckstrap - I did not use it other than to wrap round my hand and just found it bulky. I need a wrist strap. On the subject of picture processing.... Rawshooter has a huge pdf file that I might read oneday..... before then can someone tell me what is sharpness slider does? Well more would you use it as well as unsharp m on the jpg (if you thought it needed it) ? So far I have left it alone as I did not like the effect. I know I could take the raws into CS but that is more time than I want to spend. I have a few shots I really like and might spend more effort on those but not 300 odd. Once I work my way through them all I will put some up on some webspace. Hmm I seem to have gone on a bit.