first of all hello 2 everyone! I'm new here, and this is my first thread. Ok here we go! Lets here some [SIZE=-1]Opinions[/SIZE] on which is ur favorite? I'm really confused by which new camera 2 buy. I'm interested in the nikon D40 or the cannon Rebel xti. I also like the D200! now budget not in mind which is a better buy?(I know the D200 is out of the other 2 league's) now I was going 2 purchase a D200 with a 18-200mm lens, but I was a little weary about it still. My friend just bought the rebel xti and I have 2 say i'm not impressed with the pics:thumbdown: i've seen from it so far! (this might be due to her not having the camera set up right) but I also have read that the D40 is a way better all around camera than the D200. Now you might ask what would i be using this camera for? well i'm looking for the most versatile camera. i take pics of everything!!! Weddings, the zoo, family,portraits,ect.ect.Now the main reason. I stopped from buying the d200 was the guy I was ordering the camera from told me the nikon 18-200mm lens was a cheap lens, and started naming brands i've never heard of b4. So the next question is whats the best lens brand you like? Of course nikon lovers "what's yours? and cannon lovers, yours? Sorry for such a long and complicated thread but I want to get this one right I have had pro cameras for years but 35mm and have Cannon,Nikon, & Minolta's but my digital sony takes better pics then all of them(in some applications) So this will be my first digital slr camera. I hope i covered everything. and thanks to everyone who replies!!!