So, you guys are recommending that I don't buy a camera? As if one is a big turd and the other one is a diamond, and since I'm not an expert yet I have only a 50/50 chance of guessing right and buying the right one? I guess it would be a hard lesson if that were the case and I guessed wrong. But I hardly think that is the case. I'm sure you guys like to imagine that it takes a photography genius to make an informed buying decision about a camera, but it doesn't.
I know almost everything I need to know, and I didn't have to go to the photography school of hard knocks to figure it out. I'm choosing a Canon based on word-of-mouth and past experiences with other low-end consumer Canon products. I know how much I can afford. That narrows the field down to 2 cameras. I"ve read a few posts on these forums, and will most likely read a review or two. And guess what? That's all it takes.
Hard lesson to be learned? I seriously doubt it. Worst case scenario? I decide I want a different camera and sell the old one. Ouch.
Hmm. No, it doesn't take a genius, but it does take at least a rudimentary level of knowledge about what you're getting, compared to what you intend to use it for. So how much can you really afford, did you know that the "starter kit" for either the 10D or 300D really will run you about $4-6k in the first 6 months to a year. That's if you want a half-way decent setup. Another question, maybe we're mistaken about your intentions, and you want to be a pro sports photographer. You'll need a better camera then a "1,500 dealio". How do you know you won't be happier with a good all-around cam like the Sony DSC F828, no need to change lenses, and it will do 95% of what a 10D will do? Did you know that a G3 point and shoot can take significantly better pictures then a 10D in almost any situation (given the right operator)? Whatever, its your coin bro. At the end of the day, both 300D and 10D are great cams.