well, guys, thanks for all the answers. I don't think the buttons will be that big of a deal since I prefer landscapes / cityscapes, and wont really need to use the dials to quickly change between shutter speeds and ISO's, and any portraits I do will be done in controlled lighting situations. Unfortunately, the one I was looking at sold, and I wasn't the buyer. I'll be on the lookout for another one, and hopefully it'll be a few $$$ cheaper, since that seems to be the consensus for the regular 645