I started with a Rebel 2000 and quite liked it. A very decent camera at a reasonable price. However, as many others on this thread have indicated there are many better cameras at a similar price point if you're willing to go used. I dumped my 2000 for an EOS3 about a year ago when one came up with the grip for $350CAD! That was the price I paid for my 2000 when it was new. A no brainer really. You can go that direction if you want the AF/AE etc. as many, many pros are dumping their really good film SLRs for dSLRs at our gain and their loss. Wooohoooo! Hooray for film.