Summary: I have owned a Canon Rebel EOS film camera for many years and have enjoyed it. It has taken many great photos and provided wonderful memories. Needing to upgrade to digital, I asked a professional photographer for a recommendation. He suggested the D30. It is easy to program and takes great photos. Similar enough to my film camera to be easy to use and take the photos I want. Very glad I purchased this model.
Summary: Oh man. This is a phenomenal camera for the prices you can get it for now. I'm used to shooting with a Canon digital T2i, and suddenly shooting full-frame with a professional body and the hocus-pocus of ECF was an eye-opening experience. It's built like a tank, nothing like the cheap plastic of the Rebel line. It's solid, fast, and it feels dependable in your hands.