I've been into photography now for quite some time - 2 years, maybe even 3. My 3.2 MP Minolta Point + Shoot has served me well so far, but I'm realizing that it is severely limiting me. What? Well, for one, it's extreemly slow. Furthermore, although 3.2 MP might not be terrible, it's causing me problems with clarity in my photos, the sensor is also suspect. Anyways, I want to buy a dSLR. I know the basics of photography, and understand many of the advanced functions beyond automatic mode. I want my first dSLR to give me everything - speed, high-quality pictures, and expandability. I don't think I'm going to become a professional photographer (I plan on going into medicine), but I take my hobby seriously. I've used film cameras (a Canon Rebel), and I'm very sure that I don't want to go further with it. I have looked at the main cameras, and have done some research, but I need some more opinions. From what I understand, the Nikon D50 may be my best bet as it is the cheapest and offers many professional features. The Canon Digital Rebel (XT) was a bit to small i my hand for my liking, but I'm willing to go with it if it is clearly ahead of the D50. I tried out the Canon rebel XTi, and was extreemly impressed, but the $899 price tag (plus about $250 insurance and some more for tax and some more for a CF card....) is going to mean that I won't have my camera until summer 2007. So here comes the question, is the D50 going to take me far? Am I going to wish I had the 10 MP of the XTi, and am I going to wish for 9 point autofocus? I don't want to be thinking about upgrading my camera a year from now. Like, I would rather spend a couple extra hundred dollars if it's going to mean that the camera is going to "last" me 5 years.... I'm not sure about much right now. I only have about 160 dollars saved up (...heh, I know...). Any and all opinions would be awsome.