i finally bought it. i’ve been saving up for awhile and with a little negotiating i was finally able to get a dslr. for a year now i’ve been researching out which camera would most meet my needs (price versus abilities). i didn’t want to buy a camera that would be below what i would use it for but i also now how limited my abilities are and therefore i didn’t want to waste my money and buy a camera that i would never actually use most of. the nikon d50 seems the best fit for me. it’s a strong camera but not too much for an ameteur like me.