Hi there. I am an amateur film-maker, just starting to study film at university. I have always relied on my photography friends who had DSLR's to shoot my own stuff (and liked the result - many people recommend DSLR's as a low level film camera), but it's getting a bit tedious for them (and myself) to constantly borrow their gear. I am really a complete amateur when it comes to camera's, so forgive my noobiness. A person with a mutual friend is willing to sell me her 35-80mm lens rather cheaply (as she is dropping photography, and doesn't really use this lens), if I do buy a camera. I know this kind of lens isn't exactly ideal for film/video, but it will suffice in the meantime. I am aware that this isn't going to be an ideal film camera, but it's a starting point. I am looking for something that will be relatively easy to use (I am willing and able to learn, of course), without me finding too many limitations for a decent length of time (basically for the camera to be better than me). Budget Given that I can get a starting lens relatively cheaply, I only need a body (currently), and I am willing to spend approx $1000NZD ($850USD). I can push the budget up if justifiable, but obviously I am more than happy to spend less than that. Size I am not overly concerned by size. If I can get something more convenient without losing performance, great. But it won't be a deal breaker. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? I don't really know enough to answer this question. What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Again, I don't really know enough to answer this question. How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) at least 8/10 Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? Yes. As I said, I understand very little, but like to have control, and am keen to learn. General Usage What will you generally use the camera for? Film projects, potentially small amounts of photography. Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Unlikely Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Not photo, but video. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Potentially (for both video and photo). Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? I am used to Cannon, and like their cameras, but that's because they're the only camera's I have experience with. I am open to all options currently. Are there particular models you already have in mind? Not really. Again, I have used a couple of models of the Canon EOS range, and liked them, but yeah, open to options (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Image Stabilisation is important (but that's more to do with lenses, yes?), wide angles are nice. Weatherproofing would be relatively useful, but not necessary.