Hey everybody! Man, I've missed the forums, but I've been super-busy with stuff. It's good to get back to a forum that actually cares (the ones I post in for quick questions are just rude.) So I'm heading off to Alaska for 2 weeks this summer (2008), and I've been talking with my dad about which camera I should get. I have an SD800IS that I've trashed, I actually had to use a screwdriver to force the lens to retract once, and I'm looking for a good camera for anything from casual shots, to landscapes, to nature scenes (IE animals), to just plain fun stuff. I want a dSLR, but my dad thinks a compact P+S would be better. My dad and I are both in love with film, so dSLR's are great fun for us. On a side note, if I could shoot film (my ancient Konica died, and now my beautiful F1.8 lenses are useless) I would. I'm only 16, and I miss the smell of a darkroom, the fun I had trying to manually compose a shot... Anyhow. My budget is "unlimited", that is to say that I want to spend ~1000 dollars for a DSLR, including a lens, (flash, batteries, etc. can be extra) and less than that for a P+S, but I could definitely stretch above that by a fair amount. I'm going to be doing a week of hiking and camping and fishing, and another week of just going around, and I'm wondering if a dSLR will be too heavy to drag around. My only requirement for a camera is that it have some form of image stabilization, either sensor-shift or lens-shift (physical only). In short, should I get a dSLR for Alaska, as I'm only going to be there once in my lifetime, and it's beautiful there? If so, which would you recommend, based on weight/price/usability? EDIT: Oh, and as for what I personally fancy (that's not stupidly expensive)? D80 body with the 18-200VR lens, it's supposedly great. The D80 is perfect, as I have no need to step up to a D200 or D300, and I'm dubious about the D40/D40x.