So I've posted here a couple of times going back and forth between spending all my savings on a DSLR or asking my parents to buy me a ultra-zoom compact camera (a la Sony H2 or one of the Lumix cameras), but I think I'm definitely going to go DSLR now. I was on a trip last week and I felt so limited by not being able to take my pictures in the way I wanted. I was shooting with my point and shoot that I've had for a while and after having played with my bro's D50 I definitely felt limited. I'm looking into getting the D50 because it seems like the best camera I can grow on (also since I already have a Nikon 6006 and my family all shoots Nikon it would be nice to be able to get advice and use their lenses). I also figure that once I take Photo I next semester I'll only feel more limited by the point and shoot digicam (even if I moved to like a Lumix). Anyway to wrap this up: I wanted to ask what people who were shooting with the D50 or who knew Nikons thought. Should I wait on deals/rebates from Nikon (I know Staples had a Nikon + Nikkor kit for 405 at oone point that I missed out on)? Also should I consider the D40? I've read up on it and it seems like I might be crippled in terms of functionality once I become proficient. Thanks for any advice guys. Ciao!