Hey everyone, First post here. I've decided to purchase my first dslr camera. I've been using a canon sd700 for the past couple of years, and have decided that this is a hobby I plan on sticking with, and would like a nicer camera. I've shot a friend's nikon d80, and canon eos rebel (xs I think). I believe I like the way the nikon feels a bit more so I've narrowed it down to the following: D40, D80, D90 and the newer D3000. Obviously I don't want to spend more than I have to, since this isn't paying me anything, and is only a hobby. But, When I'm looking at spending, lets say $600 on the D3000, I think, "why not just spend a few more hundred and get the D90?" Or if I'm spending $650 on a used D80, I think, "Do I want to spend that much on a used camera when I could get something brand new (but less features) for the same price? So I'm just looking for other opinions. I've searched through quite a few of these threads. I would really love the D90, but don't see myself using the Video feature all that much. I want it because it seems the sensor is superior to the D80, and it can shoot low light better (from what I've read). I'm looking at the D3000 and D40 from the view point of "do I need the amount of camera that a D80 or D90 will provide? Could I save a few hundred and be just as happy?" I'm a beginner to the DSLR, but not SLR cameras in general. I took a few photo classes years ago with an older Canon SLR (forgot the model), so I do have a basic understanding of an SLR. Could I be happy with the D40? Probably, but I don't want to be trading up in a year or two. I am an engineer and like to tinker. I just don't want to be held back (or think I'm being held back) as my skills and knowledge advance. Thanks everyone, all comments will be much appreciated. If I'm looking at this the wrong way, please don't hesitate to tell!