I took the plunge and bought a used D1H from Chris to serve as a seond body (or perhaps the prime body) for my sports shooting. The D50 just isn't responsive enough with my AF D lenses (other than the 80-200), and football (as well as baseball, soccer, and lacrosse) really requires both a short and a long-lensed camera to cover well. The way I see it, while a 2.7mp resolution is pretty marginal, the camera will give me: * 5 fps instead of 3 to help me catch more frames in a sequence. * More torque to drive the AF-D lenses, especially with teleextenders and the 85 1.8 (which is not particularly fast). More keepers in a sequence. * 3D color metering, which should provide more accurate exposure and color * 3 cross-field focus points (out of five) versus just one out of five on the D50, thus improving the dynamic tracking of the autofocus. * nearly noise-free high iso up to 1600, more iso flexibility, and a usable (with noise reduction) 3200. * a shutter speed up to 1/16,000, so I no longer run out of ss/ap cominations in bright weather * four switchable custom settings, which I plan to use for daytime sports - bright, daytime sports - cloudy, nightime under the lights sports, and indoor gymnasium sports. * a hands-on feel for how important these pro features are when it comes time to decide between the D2 and D3 offerings. What I will give up for sure are distance (think outfield) shots with more than a 50% crop. I am prepared for the battery hassle, although replacements can now be bought for about $30 each (and the camera is coming with three). I really don't plan to need a flash with this camera (any macro work would be done with the D50) but if I decide otherwise the units SB-28 and SB-80 flashes can be had easily on eBay for $40-80. Even though they are not state-of-the-art, they are plenty versatile if I need such. So what are the drawbacks and hidden "gotchas" with this camera. Chris says high iso performance is good, so the variability reported on this hopefully will not be a problem. I know at least one disappointment reported here. Anybody know how Nikon responds to this if it is a problem? It is a USA camera. It burns through NMH batteries. That I expect and will always have two spares plus the one in the camera. How quickly do they deteriorate to ultimate replacement? It is supposedly a bear to try to keep the filter clean. First hand antidotes, anyone? How often/how hard to get professionally cleaned? I always swore I would never buy a used digital anything, given how fast the technology obsoletes. But given my needs and limited budget this looke like it had far more pluses than minuses. At a cost about 1/5 that of a new D2Hs. Besides, 2.7mp isn't that much less resolution that the D2H's 4.1, is it?:smile: Any other gotchas my research has overlooked? When it arrives will I be happy, or can I anticipate problems/a high learning curve? Any and all comments, positive or negative, welcome.