I was having problems with my SLR just before a recent trip to Jordan, so had to buy a second hand body at the last minute. I got myself an 8 year old Canon EOS 1. This thing is built like a tank and weighs almost as much. However I have read that during the first Gulf war, when top of the range Nikons were packing up left right and centre, the EOS 1 was the only camera to keep on working throughout.
A comforting thought during my 'arduous' three days in the Jordanian desert