To sum up my first DSLR purchase......AWESOME! After weeks and weeks of reading, getting opinions from this community, I finally went out today and bought a Nikon D40 with the kit lens 18-55mm. Taking a few shots this afternoon, I love it! I couldnt be happier, especially for what i paid. So, let me know if i got a good deal. Brand New Nikon D40 with kit lens, 4GB transcend memory card, Nikon camera bag (huge!), micro fiber cloth, image recovery software, memory card reader....$479 I was going to get the D40x, but that with the kit lens and the same package was $599 i believe. Which was close to the D60 w/kit lens alone (which was out of my price range)....over all, i think i got a great deal, especially for a first timer DSLR. I know my lens does not have VR, but its a great kit lens. Some of the photos i took today are excellent! I didnt care much for the bigger MP with the D40, i wont be making huge prints. For christmas, my girlfriend is buying me the 55-200mm VR AF-S lens, which i cannot wait for. For anyone who is a first time DSLR buyer like me, the D40 is a GREAT CHOICE!