As you all know, some SLRs (especially older ones), seem like they are built to last forever. Some of us are still using 10+ years old camera or even older ones, and the picture output from those oldies can still put some of current DSLRs to shame. I know my brother is using an SLR which is a hand-me-down from my late dad. I don't think current DSLRs have the same durability as older SLRs (well, maybe high end ones). I cant afford to buy expensive cameras every now and then, so I am considering to get one solid DSLR that can last many many years. Do you think it will be possible for a DSLR to last as long as SLRs ? One thing I worry the most about DSLR is the proprietary battery that comes with the camera. What if, say, in 5 or 6 years to come, the battery started to worn off or damaged, and I dont really think that the company would still sell the proprietary battery for that current camera by then? Maybe there will be other issues that you wont find in SLRs too, since DSLRs are mostly electronic, I assume ? Can someone help me clarify this, because I really think it's not funny if I spend my hard-earned money on a DSLRs only to find out that it won't last more than 5 years or so... I may sound like a tight-ass, but I dont earn much money, and unfortunately cameras and lenses dont come cheap. So maybe if it's the fact that DSLRs wont last that long, maybe I'd just settle with some less expensive or entry level DSLR then... Thanks. Albert.