Within the next few weeks I will purchase a digital slr and would like to know what some of you think about this. I'm looking at the most I can get for under $1400.00 and have been really considering the Canon 40D. I like the 6 frames per second, viewing screen, and how solid it feels. I've always enjoyed taking pictures with my Pentax K1000 and believe I have pretty good eye for color, symmetry, and all things aesthetically pleasing. I would like to take my appreciation for photography to another level and am looking for a good digital camera to help me with the transition to digital. Problem is that everyone has an opinion about why the camera they purchased is the best out there and all salesmen are selling. Some things I like about the cameras I've looked at so far: Frames per second is important because I'll take pictures of animals, insects, and people in motion. I like the auto focus on the Sony cams when you bring your eye to the viewfinder though it is just another thing to fail so it isn't that important Stabilization on the camera itself seems like a good idea as with the Sony cameras to keep the cost of lenses down, but I am not familiar with their optics and am concerned with the quality. A remote control would be nice, but isn't that important. The large viewing screen of the Canon is nice as is the magnesium alloy body. I travel quite a bit and am very active.. This camera will go with me on long hikes, kayaking, and overseas in different climates. So I'm thinking about the Canon 40D, but would consider Sony, Pentax, or Nikon if the quality or price was right. Any ideas?