I know there are many Canon vs. Nikon threads on this board, but what Im really looking for are some unbiased answers (or as much as possible. I know this is difficult if you are a fan of a certain system) to my specific questions below. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Like most people looking to buy a good quality dSLR Im trying to decide between Canon & Nikon, more specifically between the Rebel XT, D50, and maybe even the D70s. Therefore, these questions are targeted at Canon & Nikon and certain questions towards the models mentioned above. Although I would really like comments about each point, Im aware that there are many questions so a rating system from 1-10 would also suffice (10 being the highest). Here we go! 1. Lenses q Quality both optically & mechanically q Focal Length Ranges (which manufacturer is know for which specialty? Ex. maybe Nikon makes better wide angle while Canon makes better telephoto) q Price (does the manufacturer also offer economy lenses that might be less rugged put still high quality) q Special Features (Which manufacturer is know for a certain type of special feature) 2. Sensors & Image Processors q Noise at low level ISO (100-200) q Noise at high level ISO (800+) q CMOS or CCD (any advantage or disadvantage between the two? 3. Exposure Systems 4. Focusing System 5. CF or SD Memory Card (any advantage or disadvantage between the two?) 6. Filters (are they even necessary now with such control over photos in programs such as PS?) 7. External Flash Units 8. DOF Preview Ability (I understand the D50 does not have it, but the D70s does. Does the equivalent Canon have it? Also, as an amateur, is it something good to have?) 9. Image Stabilization (not sure, but is this an option on the three dSLRs mentioned above? Is it a good option?) I can't think of anything else, feel free to add anything. A little about what I think Ill be using it for. Not sure yet since I dont have it and I dont know what I will enjoy more. q Landscape/Scenic q Macro q Long Exposure Shots (not sure what they are called) Again, any help and/or answers would help me out immensely. Id like to buy my dSLR within the next 2-3 weeks.