D50 is certainly a gem! Nice body, great colors and good controls. However, it does have some cons too, like no backlit light for control dash, no filter colors to play around (B&W, Sepia, etc), only one color management color can be set, and no vertical grip. Hey, what matters most is lens. I bought this D50 is to learn and will upgrade in the future. Your lenses will follow you forever, so invest wisely. Nikon path? Canon path? Or something else?