I've been researching for about a week for an entry level DSLR. I was torn between Nikon D40, Canon XTI and Sony. My winner, I think, is Sony alpha A300. I think the live view did it for me. I believe I would use it when the camera is on the tripod. Also, I am very tall and when taking pictures of other people, I am always taking them from above their heads. I think I would use the live view with the camera at a lower level. I'm going to add a 70-300 zoom right away to the 18-70 kit lens. The Sony lens is $229. There is a comparable Quantaray for $149 at Ritz. Any thoughts or recommendations for the camera or lens.