I'm purchasing my first Dslr and am going into a 2D Graphic Design program in september, hoping to take a minor in photography in my second year. I'm buying an entry level Dslr to get me on my feet, but have been debating over Canon and Nikon for a while now. I've used a basic Canon Powershot for the last couple years, so my first instinct was to go for the Canon Rebel T1i. I've read a couple reviews which often focus their attention on the HD recording (which if I was really concerned about, I would go buy a video camera). I'm planning on expending my finances to upgrade the lens, because I know that it is much more significant to my photo-taking than the actual body of the camera and I'm not too concerned about the MP on the D5000 because of the PPI; however, the T1i has a higher resolution and is less grainy at a higher ISO. Plus I don't have to deal with the auto-focus delay that the D5000 has due to it's adjustable LCD. I do also prefer the large screen on the T1i, despite it's being stationary. At this point I'm just concerned about sticking with Canon because I'm comfortable with it. Another main concern is the lens pricing-- as a soon-to-be-starving university student, I've found that Canon also offers slightly more affordable lenses. Nikon is renowned for it's durability, however, and is less vulnerable to weather (I do live in Canada, so let's be real here). Mostly I'm curious as to what others are using and find works best for them, specifically with entry level DSLRs.