As a belated birthday present, I got a new camera!  I've been without one for a while now.  I had a Canon EOS 40D before, but broke the lens about nine months ago and never got around to fixing it.  I ended up returning it for a full refund and bought the Canon EOS Rebel T2i!  Even though the 40D is supposedly a better camera overall in terms of all the different functions you can do, it's really for more experienced photographers who know what the heck they're doing.  I read the reviews about the Rebel and everyone says it's a great starter camera.  It's also smaller and lighter compared to the bulkier 40D.  I can't wait to experiment with the HD video capabilities too!  Gonna take so many videos of my dog haha.