ok after all these questions I bought my D40 tonight. unfortunately I am stil charging the battery so I have not been able to test it out, but I love the feel of it. The girl at the counter did make me feel dumb though. She asked if I ever had a digital camera before, which I had, and she was acting like I was dumb for buying it. Unprofessional to say the least, but I've always loved taking photos with a regular p&s and always wanted a dslr, ever since watching Austin Stevens (a snake finder/photographer). I also find myself all the time lately saying "that would make a great photo..." and so forth. Thank you guys/girls for welcoming the newbs in here and into your hobby/profession. We are greatful to have such knowledgable and understanding members to help us out with our questions. Thank you for your patience.