I have a broken Canon A80 that I need to exchange at a store, and my two choices are the Canon S2IS or the Rebel XT. I've never used an SLR but am eager to learn, but I am not sure if I am ready (or willing) to make the financial investment in the camera plus the lenses I want. Is the S2 a good learning camera? I currently have an A95 but I don't feel like it can take me much further in my quest for better pictures, but I plan on keeping it as a p&s.
I've been saving for the XT for some while, but I don't know how much longer I can wait. I'm hoping the S2 is a good step, and once I get a better feel for creative photography, I can upgrade to the XT or better.