I have been have been taking photography classes in school for the last 3 years and i have really enjoyed my time very much but i would like to move up from a point and shoot to a DSLR (I am sure of this). For sometime now it has been going back and forth between the Nikon D40 and the D80 and i have picked them both up at messed around with them, but i am still unsure of weather to get the D40 and loss so of the Features that i would like to have and get some other acc. or get the Nikon D80 and go from there. The Cheapest i have found the D40 is about $450 and that is the 18-55mm kit on Amazon.com and i have found the Nikon D80 at a local shop for $730 with the 18-55mm VR lens. I have not looked at Canon for a while so not reallying leaning that way but any thing that would be worth changing my mind is welcome Also i plan on shooting Snowboarding photos of my friends so Action photography is what im in to but i sont need big #'s in FPS.