The great debate...
As Autriaka+ said below "There is a wide choice...." But mark my words, if you buy anything other than a Nikon or Canon... you will recall this debate and kick yourself later.
Oh, and about the Hasselbad... I didn't realize the question had been asked by a millionaire... of course I recommend that one first! lol... my dream camera...
$1000 to $1200
If you can stretch a step further
Canon has more low-mid range options than Nikon but I don't think Canon has anything that can compete in the prosumer range of the Nikon D200 or D300 (And No I have not forgotton the Canon D5... I just don't like it) and I would recommend mid range before entry level if you can.
And MOST importantly, I agree... skip the crappy kit lens and just buy the body and get a better lense. I spent far more time making lens decisions than camera body decisions and you will find that its a much more complicated and important question.
Last edited by EcoSee; 03-04-2008 at 05:41 PM.