> Digital SLRs have been too expensive for me to pay much attention to
Digital Rebels seem to sell for relatively cheap, and if you wait 1-2
months, they'll probably get a lot cheaper. (Search groups.google.com for
"d350" or "rebel xt" to see why.)
Whichever you go for, 17mm or 18mm is about as wide as the kit lenses
will be, and with the crop factor, that comes out to about 28mm equivalent
FOV. If you want shorter than that, then you start spending a lot of
money - assuming you're not going to want to drop just 1mm to a 17mm, the
next non-fisheye lens would be a Sigma 12-24 for $670, then the Canon EF-S
10-22 for $800.
I believe that all of the dSLRs will let you shoot in full manual mode,
if you want.
8x10s look pretty darn good with 6 megapixels. I've seen a couple of
20"x30" prints that looked fairly respectable from 6 megapixels, although
they were pictures without tons of detail to begin with. Trying to enlarge
a high-detail print that high might disapoint.
Any of them with lithium batteries.
Brand new, silver DigiRebs are only $770 after Canon's rebate, so I
wouldn't expect to pay more than $650 on ebay (although some people still
do) - but again, after April 4th (or thereabouts) when the Digital Rebel XT
is released, the "old" Digital Rebels should drop even more.