If you are thinking of getting yourself a digital SLR, I have found this excellent piece (Building a Digital SLR Camera System) written by Phillip Greenspun.
The article explains the different kinds of digital SLR cameras available, how to choose the right one for you, and what to do once you get it home from the shop. A digital SLR camera system, complete with lenses and accessories, can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. This article shows you how to choose and buy the basic items first and the more expensive and hard-to-use components later.
Phillip goes through a comprehensive overview of-
- What is a single-lens reflex (SLR)?
- Who makes digital SLR cameras?
- What kinds of digital SLRs are available?
- Which big lenses/small sensor digital SLR to buy?
- Where to Buy
and even goes through some sample projects you can try to get a good understanding of what a DSLR is capable of.