I am making a career change and will be needing my first digital slr for my upcoming photography classes. I have no real experience other than the standard vacation photos most joe blows take when on holiday.
The cameras recommended by the instructors (as minimums as far as performance, pixels, etc) are the Canon eos rebel, Nikon d70 or the olympus e-1. Eventually I want to work as an on set still photographer for film or television. Is there any one of these that might carry over as a decent backup camera to use in that line of work better than the others?
Also, I am looking for schools that would be best for preparing me for this line of work. Any opinions on that would be appreciated too, if anyone has anything they can offer. The only one I have ruled out is Brooks Institute in California. I won't elaborate other than to say I was not impressed by the staff (or the $100,000.00 tuition for the program) One I am considering is Rockport College in Maine. They at least have an instructor that comes up in summer to teach on set photography basics.