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I did the same a year and a half ago with a Canon 30D. IMO it was a good decision because it was cheaper than the cheapest current DSLR at the moment (Canon XS). I am still using the 30D right now and can't see myself ever using a Rebel XS (1000D) instead tongue.gif


I want to upgrade though, as the ISO performance on my 30D is not that great, and the screen is small (sometimes pictures look fine when i look at them on the camera, but when I go home and check they aren't frown.gif )
 
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The XS is actually quite capable of producing good IQ. I might just keep mine as a backup instead of selling it.
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The XS is actually quite capable of producing good IQ. I might just keep mine as a backup instead of selling it.
I'd sell it if I were you. It's a nice camera, but my 50D has seen a lot of rain and is still perfectly fine. Unless I become a total klutz and drop my camera, I see no need for a backup body, especially since I'm not planning on going pro and don't plan on being in a situation where I need to switch between lenses quickly.

Although if you do have a GF/wife, it might make a good gift
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I would not suggest you go too far back, like that D70 you mentioned.

If you're looking for better picture quality, you'll be better off going with a newer, lower-class camera, as the lower class cameras will usually have a sensor very similar to same-gen higher class camera but with some features cut out, and slower FPS. I used to have a D60 and liked it, and you could fairly easily have one within your budget.

If you're looking for more control/options, and/or compatibility with non-AF lenses, you might be better off going with an older mid-class camera that has those, at a sacrifice of the better sensor of the newer gens. D80 should be good: has the focusing motor so it can be used with non-AF lenses. D70 might be a bit dated by now.

With film cameras, you could have same body for decades. With digital, in a few year's time the camera becomes so outdated that it doesn't make sense to buy it. No one in their right mind would buy a 8yo Nikon D1x now, though a 15yo Nikon F5 is still very much relevant and will remain so for a long time.

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I'd personally go for a used D80 or D200 if you're looking at older Nikon.
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Do take care when buying used camera off craigslist or eBay, there's no way of knowing how well the previous owner handled the camera or lenses and you may end up with one whose lens have bad fungus or camera that sounds like AK-47 when taking picture, then dies a few shots later.
    
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