I started my dSLR search several months ago, and I've pretty much decided which two cameras/models I'm interested in. They're are a mix of the features I want, combined with a price I can afford. The question now, is, which is a better use of the money? I have started looking at a Nikon D50, because it has the autofocus in body (as opposed to the d40 or d60). I haven't been able to find if it has a sensor cleaner yet. Its about $350 used, from what I've read. Is buying a used Nikon D50 off ebay a fairly safe bet (if I make sure it is in working condition before I bid on it?), or are they prone to die early deaths? Second one I was thinking about was a Cannon XS(1000D), $450 new off Cameta, I think. The problem is, I just barely have $450, and of course, I'll need some kind of good, protective case to carry it around in. My question is not Nikon or Cannon. I've come to the realization that I can probably do whatever I want with either system, and I'm not planning to get into it too deep, for now. My question is how safe is it to buy a used dSLR off ebay (I haven't found the d50 used at any other respectable photography website that I have heard of, though I am sure there are respectable sites that have it that I haven't heard of), does anyone have suggestions for good, protective cases for the above cameras (just basic is fine. I'll get a bigger for more lenses later), and are there any other accessories I should purchase with a camera? I guess I could go without a case, but I am going to a week of summer camp as a counselor for 4-6th grade kids, and I was thinking about bringing the camera along with me, which of course, would require a case. So, let me sum up what I am looking for answers to: Used Nikon D50 or New Canon XS(1000D) (brand doesn't matter... Just reliability, and best value for money, brands aside)? Case or no case (from the day I get the camera)? Anything else I HAVE to have with a new camera?(I have SD cards, and storage is fairly cheap, anyway) Thank you everyone! Sorry for the long, confusing post... I'm just trying to make sure I do the right things from the get go. Also, sorry if this is in the wrong place... I wasn't totally sure where to put it, and would appreciate it if the mods would move this post, or delete this post, and tell me where the correct place to post this is. Thank you again!