I've been using the Nikon D40 for quite awhile and I love it, with the right research and practice i've been able to get some pretty amazing images with this little camera. I've been doing a few digital photography classes at the local community college and taking one step further and going to one of the main schools here to their digital class. I've saved up about $1300 for a new digital camera and I really like and am comfortable with my Nikon so i'd hate to switch to canon and have to learn a completely different camera but if it's my best interest to do so for the money then I think I will. I'm pretty good at learning new things and adapting and have become quite familiar with how the Nikon works and how to use the manual settings quite well. My main subject when I go out taking photos are my dogs, i have 5 dogs and we're always at the lake or doing something fun so it usually involves a lot of motion type photos and i notice Nikon has their VR lenses and people seem to swear by them, are they worth it? Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!