I got a little organized this morning and put the best shots from this digital spree in, where else:
The Digital Section.
Thanks to the cat for coming up with that original name.
I am about 99% sure that the D-Rebel is just the ticket. I had to make a few adjustments to the setup - i.e. there is a parameter setting that at least for my taste should be set to 2 so that the shots are less saturated and not as contrasty.
I also see that not having the "real" focus lock is not such a big deal since you can just auto-focus and then switch the button on the lens to manual (voila - focus lock).
The AE lock works fine. And I think I'm pretty much done with the manual.
I read about how to upload the hacked firmware into the camera - seems pretty easy - but I'll hold off on that for now. I also bought some plastic protective thing that you can put over the LCD so you don't get all that skin oil, scratches etc. on the LCD.
That's all for now folks - I have orders for about 60 cards - and that is going to keep me busy for a while. I am getting pretty close to sticking all the film developing stuff into a box and stowing it away in the closet which, for the first time in years will give me room in the bathroom to keep a hamper! Zowee!