Hi there! I'm new to this forum. Last year I sold my Canon EOS Rebel Ti kit with 28-90 lens on eBay because the film door latch wouldn't stay shut. I even mentioned "you can just tape it up and it works great!" in the description. How stupid was I for selling this? Why didn't *I* just tape it shut? :rolleyes: Until recently I haven't had the money to purchase a new one. I *loved* that camera, but I am torn between purchasing the same or similar, and purchasing an much older SLR. I've done a little bit of Googling, but I keep going back and forth about it. I know that the EOS systems won't necessarily create better images than the complete manual SLRs, that the new systems have shutter delay, etc, but they also seem to offer more in the way of metering and such. However, in some ways I feel as though I will never learn all the technicalities of exposure, AV, shutter speed, etc, unless I use an older, less forgiving camera. I do know about ISO as I used to work at a photo lab, but I know very little about the rest of what I mentioned. So, would you suggest getting another modern EOS SLR like the Rebel, or something older like the A1, etc? * I am pretty partial to Canon, but I am open to suggestions of other brands. I would prefer something that I can find used for less than $300 as I'm on a limited budget right now. Lastly I should mention that while I take photos of lots of different things, my favorite and what I'm probably best at is *portraits. I also really want to get a longer telephoto lens so I can take more tightly cropped, close-ups of people without actually being right in their faces.