I took a trip to Disney and brought my SD550 to capture the moment. Up until this point, I thought is was a pretty good camera, but the majority of shots were less than stellar. Also, the number of shots that I missed because the camera could not focus or take the picture in time. Well, I have learnt quite a bit from that experiance, and am looking to get a more "real" camera to play with. This leaves me with the delama that I am facing. The internet is a wonderful place and full of all sorts of informaton. I have played with what camera to go with, and ended up with the choice of the following. Go cheep and get the Rebel XS 1000D camera for about $580 with the 18-55mm IS f3.5-5.8 lense. -or- Go expensive with the EOS 50D with the 18-200mm IS f3.5-5.8 lense for $1650 Not spending a whole whack of money has it's good points. The camera will meet my immediate needs while I learn all about SLR and how to shoot good photographs. The lense is a good starting point but not the biggest range. I know I would want more telephoto options if I go back to Disney or wherever my next vacation takes me. I know I can get a better lense with the $1000 I am saving, but worry about the body not holding up in the long run. Will I out grow it in a year of two. If I go with the better 50D, and get the lense that I want, it's a whole whack of money up front. The body is better built with more weather resistance. I will have the lense that will last me for 90% + of the shots that I see my selft wanting to make. But am I fooling myself that I won't want a better camera in 2 years, and I am sure that by that time, the features in my 50D will be common for the entery level cameras being sold. For the money that I am spending I would hope to get at least a good 4-5 years out of the body. I have looked at the XSi, but the cost of the unit with the 18-200 lense is only $280 less than the 50D. For the price difference it hardly seems worth getting the lesser camera. I have also looked at Nikon, and they are all more expensive than the Canon equivilent. I am looking to order something early next week, so any input is much apreciated. Matt.