As I've mentioned a couple times I'm looking into a newer SLR camera (move my old-school Fujica to backup duty) I can continue to learn on and use to take (among other things) my own stock images (I'm a graphic designer). Introduction asside, I've also mentioned my experiences with a Canon Elan II-E and have heard nothing but good things about it for my application. A body/lens setup to fill my needs is still a bit out of my price range but it won't be for long. This brings me to my question: is this a cost-effective camera to buy in the sceme of things when I plan to invest in a top-notch digital SLR upon graduation (december of 2004)? What about a similarly spec'd Nikon? I hear plenty from users of both about how their cams are best "because they are" but I take it both make fine lenses and bodys or so many people wouldn't use both. Which serves me best now and which migrates a lens investment to digital best? If there's a reason I should go digital now, let me hear that too but my research has led me to believe I can get better quality from my scanner and prints than any digital I can afford...true story? BTW this is a fine opportunity to pimp your own gear too I will be buying before year end.