As you weigh your consumer-level DSLR purchase decision you should consider the service reputation of the provider. I'm shocked to be left in a very difficult position by Nikon. After I provided the documentation they requested to determine that my camera was not a gray market product, they were unable to coordinate the process of getting this information into the right hands to authorize a repair. I've now come to find that they no longer provide parts to unauthorized Nikon repair vendors so I'm in a bit of a bind. Fortunately I've found a vendor a few hours away who will try to help me out. The moral of the story is that consumer-level DSLRs are probably indistinguishable between Nikon, Canon, etc., so you might want to research their service repair reputations. I may soon be purchasing a new DSLR and would appreciate input on which companies have solid service reputations.