Coming from being a primary CANON 20D user, it took me about two hours of both reading the manual and a hands on usage of the instrument's masterpiece whistles and bells. On the third hour of its after mail delivery, I was able to manage to use it effectively for a high school homecoming football game in my hometown. Yes, it does require a button or two to change certain settings but it's NOT as cumbersome as others may have suggested previously. By the way, this is coming from someone who has never taken any formal photo-graphy class from any known institution of intellectuals. I'm a "C" gpa kinda fella with the right attitude, that's all. This instrument does deliver what it's designers meant for it to be utilized. Hence, for those considering of buying one of these, my only advice to you is to buy it from a country with a known dependable Quality Control (QC)Assembly Plant. USA MODELS have been known for such a thing.
Hmmm... "I photograph, therefore, I am."