My daughter is in art school and has been borrowing a Canon T3i from the school's media center for assignments. (You can borrow them for free, for up to three days; none are available to rent through the semester.) They are doing the basics right now, starting off using the camera on full manual, photographing under different types of lighting, etc. She'd get good use out of one on our next trip. So I'm thinking of getting her an entry-level DSLR. Not sure what's out there though. I like my Sony SLT-A33 since it can use my Maxxum lenses, but it has one quirk in that the SteadyShot built into the body can overheat, so it can't be used for video (as they also use these in the video class). The Canon T3i is a 2011 model; at this point the latest/greatest isn't necessary (obviously), but something reliable and inexpensive would work. Figure, too, she has to go into Detroit with this thing, so I can already imagine it being stolen or destroyed at some hoodlum's hand, so I don't want to spend much for that reason also. Main thing, though, is that it has a full manual mode. Tempted to stick with a T3i or very similar, since she is slightly familiar with it so far. Or I'd upgrade my A33 to a better body and hand it down, yet, that issue with the SteadyShot is not something I'd want to become a problem. Turning it off isn't exactly helpful, but it is a possibility. I've had decent luck buying used camera equipment on eBay and even Amazon (where I got my A33 body). Is it worth checking pawn shops, or is that the luck of the draw? (They are not camera experts; the thing could be a barely functioning POS.) I'm also wary of Craigslist sellers; lots of scammers around this area. Ideas welcome!