I newbie also... buy 2100 and yet havent got time to learn about the manual settings... just using mainly auto features...
3 simple questions
1)best is to set yourself a budget...
2)then ask yourself what you need the camera for
3)then ask yourself what is the top 3 things you are willing to sacrifice (or live without) in order to fulfil the first 2 questions.
well said... no one is going to say wah he took that shot with a G2 or 2100UZ... unless of course you perform the physically impossible and use a point and shoot and get some fantastic formula 1 action shot.
The UV filter is cheap and it protects ur lens from dust and scratches. Get it!
U'll definitely need a semi-hard pouch or camera bag to protect and hold ur DC + other stuffs....a dry box to store the DC for extended periods is a good idea too.
Forget abt that puny 8MB SM which comes with the DC, get at least a 64MB SM.....at SHQ setting, u can take abt 45 ~ 50+ shots....each file is abt 1.2MB.
Buy at least 2 sets of rechargeable batteries and a quick charger (3hrs or less charging time).....a std set of 4x1600maH allows you to take from 100 ~ 150 pix, depending on flash and LCD usage, plus the sleep mode setting.
You'll need the tripod for night/long-exposure shots......the IS won't help in these cases.
As for the cir. polarizer, u can hold it off for now, but u may want to buy it in future when u r more comfotable with ur DC.
Be prepared to spend at least a few hundred more $$$ on all these stuffs.
jagginess is not at high resolution. it's for high contrast pics. you probably can minimise by setting the sharpness to low. you could check out my pics at photo.net
you might want to consider developing prints at the shops. prints will have higher quality and will be more lasting than printouts from your deskjets. inkjet printint isn't cheap once you factored in the cost of the ink and paper.