I got a D40 last September, my first DSLR, curious about photography and wanting to get into it. Didn't really know if it was something I was going to pick up and enjoy so I really wasn't ready to jump in with both feet. For $450 I really couldn't go wrong. Fast forward to now, i've definetly gotten into it and love it. Only problem is the D40 really was starting to hold me back. The lack of CLS capability, having to cycle through menu's to change things quickly for different shots, ISO sensitivity and image quality....all were starting to get annoying. GF decided to buy my D40 and kit lens off of me for exactly what I paid for it, so long as I promised to show her how to use it before she went to Europe, so... I just went on a bit of a shopping spree today. That's a gorilla pod for the flash and P+S on the left if you are wondering.... As for gear I already have; Sigma 10-20, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 18-55 kit lens (yes I have two....don't even ask me why :blushing. I'm charging up the batteries...already snapped the 50-200mm VR on the D40 just to take a few shots....holy hell I LOVE zoom, this is gonna be great for macro stuff. I'm building a lightbox this weekend for ****s and giggles. Been reading through strobist and really want to learn how to light stuff. Figure its a good way to learn. Just need to figure out which are the best batteries to get for my flash. I have heard the cycle times on rechargeables aren't great, but I really dont want to have to buy batteries every 200 shots. Any tips. Big thanks to Tolyk from on here he sorted me out for all my gear. :hug:: .........wait a sec.....that's not right. :thumbup: Now in Typical TPF style, im gonna go snap a picture of a flower, a child and HDR the hell out of something so that it looks like a Warhol piece, then throw it all up on here for some 'First shots with a D90 C+C please!!!....all before I read the manual, check any settings, or have a damn clue how to use the thing.