Hey MR, I found what I think is a great deal on a dSLR on craigslist. It's a Canon T1i kit new-in-box for $580. It will be my first dSLR... actually it's a gift for my wife's birthday. These kit's go for $750 on amazon or costco. The guy says it was a gift that he doesn't need, so he's selling it. It's a good deal but not so great that it sets off my ******** detector. That being said, is there anything I should look out for? I assume I can power it up and take a few shots to make sure it's operable. Is there any possibility of checking the serial number with Canon's website to determine manufacture date and therefore warranty? As background, my wife has always wanted a dSLR. She just wants better looking photos, and hates the shutter lag and quality of our P/S. I looked at the entry models from Nikon and Canon, looked at the Rebel XS and the D40. Then looked at the XSi and the D3000. Probably would have gone for an XSi over the XS ($560 v. $480 on Amazon), until I saw this deal. At first I imagine she'll stick with iPhoto and mostly automatic shots, but could see her getting Aperture, a new lens or two and a RAW workflow over the next couple years. Mostly she wants it because we have a 3-year old and a newborn, so this is when we'd want the better images. Any thoughts from this wonderful community? I'm sure there are other threads about learning materials, but if you're already replying here maybe you have a favorite book or website for learning dSLR photography? thanks!