extremely tempted since my baby is due to be born any day and i'd like a great camera but i'm a complete noob and have only used point-and-shoot in auto mode before. is this overkill for someone like me or should i jump on this and learn as i go?
Jump on it and learn as you go . its actually a very fun hobby. I will warn you about incurring additional cost eventually . once you crave for better lenses and body then you'll rack up quite a tab