So why aren't all entry-level SLR cameras made of metal? I am engineer and do undderstand what manufacture cost mean... but aren't they aimed to seasoned photographers? Many years of usage? Then, even many compacts are made of metal, but SLR - it is need. Remember FE, FM? Pentax K1000? Once I picked, in the dusk of film era, a very old Pentax 50/1.7...Old as universe... Even the aperture ring was metal, and "Asahi Pentax" was engraved on the barrel...We do need reliability. I want D60 and D90 to be metal. I assume that when a person gets a SLR he wants a rugged one.