Hello everyone! Im new here, and have a couple of questions. I am new to photography, its always been a passion of mine, but ive never gotten my hands on a dslr camera, and dont know a lot of the basics yet. Just recently, though i decided that i would like to make it a career and I am enrolled in the art institute of Pittsburg! Im really excited to learn everything, but since im such a novice, im kinda confused as to what kind of camera I should get. Im leaning towards the Nikon D5000 but i have also heard that canons are really good. I need something thats good quality, rugged, hardy, and affordable. I'll be getting a sizable grant to cover the cost of my equipment, but i dont want to blow it all just on my camera. any suggestions?