I've been trying to figure out the logic for a while now but just can't. I'm not trying to start a nikon/canon debate, as I'm a nikon fan myself but putting them down in this thread. I don't understand why the new nikon releases have no AF motor. My first assumption is that they're planning on slapping focus motors in every new lens they produce, but from these forums alone I can see how much it's hurting their sales. I've seen quite a few threads where someone's wanting to buy a new entry level DSLR and they're comparing the D40/D60 to Rebel/XT. In many cases the argument comes in that they're virtually the same, however nikon has no AF motor which will cause problems in the long run. The end result, they choose canon. I just don't understand this decision by nikon. Most people getting into photography would start with the lower end cameras, but why remove something that many people find beneficial when the competition hasn't? I still value my D50 over the D40/D60 but since it's discontinued it's hard to recommend it to others.