if you're on the fence, read this. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d50.htm#summary i shot a d70 for 2 years and after reading many reviews, especially this one, i purchased a d50 for comparison. with the exception of a few features, the d50 IS a d70. look specifically for the differences, most will never miss/use the added features of the d70. IMO, my work has not suffered from the switch. just some food for thought if you're struggling with the price difference.