When I first started out in photography I had to make a decision. That decision was Canon or Nikon. I was young, hell I still am. But it was between the Nikon F-65 and the Rebel TI
. I tried both, and hated the Canon camera. It was small, felt cheap, didn't fit in my hands, and felt cheap with so much plastic. I was unbiased then, and chose the Nikon solely on my hatred for the way the Canon felt. This is the same camera, just digitalized (I don't know if that is a word but I like it!).
I suggest going in to a camera store and trying out the film version, the Rebel TI
. See how it fits in your hands, see how you like it.
One of my good friends just bought an SLR camera for himself. He was had a decision between the Rebel TI
, or the F-65. He chose the F-65 based on the way the Canon felt. He ended up buying an F-80 when he had a nice paycheque.
I'm the proud owner of a D100, plus you don't want to make Royal angry